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Posted on 27 July 2017

July sees the end of course celebrations and graduation ceremonies across the land and we are pleased to announce the winner of our first award presented on Friday 8 July 2017 to an outstanding student at Truro College.

At the Autumn board meeting 2015 the Trustees decided to set funds aside to encourage and support the next generation of students who will be looking after the health and wellbeing of all the people in Cornwall and beyond so with our Grants Chair, Sally we consulted Academics and Heads of School on the best way to achieve this ambition.

During the year we will be announcing awards at Plymouth and Exeter Universities and Truro & Penwith Colleges.

Mary Popescu receives her award presented by Trustee, Tim Guy

The Duchy Health Charity Award: Truro & Penwith College
Access to Nursing Course, for the student who has made significant progress during 2016/17

Mary secured GCSE English and Maths at Grade C in 2016 before progressing on to the course in September of this year in order to give her a sound foundation for her level 3 studies.

English is Mary’s second language and she has really made significant improvements in her written work since starting the course. In Human Biology she progressed from working at ‘Pass Level’ to achieving ‘Merits and Distinctions’ in her written assignments, whilst in Sociology Mary has gone from working at ‘merit Level’ to achieving ‘Distinctions’ towards the end of course.

Mary’s success in this is due to her determination to produce work to the very best of her ability, coupled with her unwavering desire to pursue a career as an adult nurse. She has effectively balanced the demands of the Access Course with her work as a carer and having a young family.

Mary has successfully secured a place to study Adult Nursing at the Knowledge Spa at Treliske, Truro in September 2017.

Plymouth University will be announcing their award in September 2017 and Exeter University in December 2017

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