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The incredible journey of a single mum from South Wales who refused to let her past define her future

Following many years of severe abuse and neglect, the loss of both her parents and time spent in care, single mum of one, Karly Jenkins from Llanelli decided to rewrite her future and return to education. - The 26-year-olds steely determination and resilience was recognised this year when she was awarded the Outstanding Commitment to Study, Agored Cymru Access to Higher Educatio...
Vicki Brooke
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Mature Student from Swansea Proves Determination and Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

33-year-old mother-of-three, Vicki Brooke (née Gooden) from Swansea, found the confidence and determination to go back to college to pursue her dream of becoming a midwife. - Having left school with few GCSEs, for many years Vicki believed that she would be stuck doing jobs she didnt want to do, while juggling the daily demands of being a parent on a low income. It was whilst wo...
Lauretta Hughes
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Agored Cymru's Access to Higher Education Diploma provides a 'gateway' to a new life for single-mother of five

After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications and an ingrained belief that she was ‘stupid and would never amount to anything’, single mother of 5, Lauretta Hughes, defied the odds to become the Agored Cymru’s annual Access to Higher Education Learner of the Year Award for Outstanding Commitment to Study. - Disillusioned with school and further education, Cardiff-bornLaurett...
Cory Jenkins
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17-year-old Cory was on track to get a handful of GCSEs at his comprehensive school when an accident and time off school meant he fell behind.

By Year 11, 17-year-old Cory’s attendance rates were poor and meant he did not achieve the GCSE grades he needed. “I was accepted onto a Level 2 course to do sport in college, and was chosen to play rugby for the college academy” he explained. - Unfortunately for Cory, an accident while playing the game he loved resulted in concussion and Cory decided he no longer wanted to be i...
Access to HE student now a Lecturer of Health Science at his Former College
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Access to HE student now a Lecturer of Health Science at his Former College

Lecturer, Andrew Walker, left University in London where he was studying Film and Theatre. He returned home to North Wales questioning his next steps. - Andrew soon found work in the retail sector. For the next five years, he worked as a Visual Merchandiser for Marks and Spencer. During this time, Andrew began to consider his future career path. Looking for a change in direction...