AoC Student of the Year Awards

Northern College student, Adrian Swallow did fantastically well, just narrowly missing out on first place at the Association of Colleges’ awards when he was nominated for Adult Student of the Year.

Adrian served in the British Army and was deployed for active duty in the Falklands War and as a result of his experiences in what was a brutal warzone, Adrian has suffered from PTSD, depression and anxiety for the rest of his adult life.  Adrian wanted to take back control of his life and sought counselling which gave him the confidence to enrol on a number of short residential courses at Northern College in Barnsley.

Adrian had to overcome many barriers whilst studying but with determination and drive to succeed he progressed on to the Level 2 Pre-Access Diploma and then the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma programme at Northern College.  With this qualification he was able to enrol at university in September and is currently studying for a degree in Applied Social Sciences.

Yultan Mellor, Principal and CEO of Northern College, said: “Adrian made a huge contribution to the life of his fellow students and the wider college community during his time at Northern College. Both fellow students and staff are very proud of his achievements and look forward to following his future successes.”

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Each year the level of applications is extremely high, and it goes to show the fantastic work that students are doing in colleges as well as the lengths colleges go to support their students.

Adrian Swallow has done amazingly well to finish second and he should rightly be proud of his achievements.”

The awards were announced on Monday 19 November at an evening of celebration as the Association of Colleges also premiered a programme partnership between AoC and ITN Productions, showcasing some of the ways that colleges are transforming the lives of more than two million people across England and how vital colleges are to the future of the British economy in the 21st century.