UHOVI celebrates success stories
26 June 2012
Learners from the South Wales Valleys celebrated their achievements last night, Monday 25th June, at the first Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) awards evening.
Deputy Minister for Education and Skills Jeff Cuthbert was on hand to present the winners along with well-known Welsh comedian Chris Corcoran.
Launched in 2010, UHOVI is a unique partnership between the University of Glamorgan and University of Wales Newport and opens up Higher Education opportunities for learners in the Heads of the Valleys region.
The awards come as UHOVI celebrates exceeding its targets and enrolling more than 1500 learners.
University of Glamorgan Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of UHOVI Helen Marshall said, “UHOVI is all about improving skills and qualifications by making learning accessible to people in their own locality. This celebration event shows just how far we have come since launching in 2010 and how many people are already benefiting from UHOVI courses.
“UHOVI is making a real difference to businesses in regenerating the valleys. Behind the statistics are stories of individual success with over 1500 students whose lives are being changed by their UHOVI study.”
Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate some of the success stories of the Welsh Government’s investment in education in the Heads of the Valleys.
“Over the last two years, the Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute has been delivering ambitious foundation and high-level work-related learning provision for all. It has provided an access route to Higher Education for learners who previously felt excluded or unable to participate in such opportunities.
“I would also like to congratulate the learners for their hard work and ambition that has led to the excellent results being recognised at this event.”
Winners of the Student of the Year awards include:
· Lisa Carroll of Coleg Morgannwg (Professional Certificate in Education)
· Lynsey Hopkins of The College Merthyr Tydfil (Foundation Degree Business Studies)
· Rachel Williams of the The College Ystrad Mynach (Foundation Degree ICT)
· Mandy Phillips of Coleg Gwent (Foundation Degree in Community Health & Well Being)
· Peter Taylor – of Acorn Training
· Creditsafe UK (Digital Economy in the Heads of the Valleys’ Employer of the Year)
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