The success of Nicola Radford-Naylor, who was aided by the Helena Kennedy Foundation was celebrated at the House of Lords on Monday 2 March 2015, where she won a Helena Kennedy Award.
The House of Lords celebration brought together more than 85 students who have overcome obstacles to continue their education from their local FE College to higher education. The event was supported by exam board OCR.
Nicola successfully progressed to study BA (Hons) Fine Art at Leeds college of Art. She made the move from further education (Nicola studied the Access to Higher Education at the College) to higher education despite being a care leaver.
She will receive a bursary of £1500 to help cover the costs of university study, as well as on-going guidance and training from the Helena Kennedy Foundation.
The Foundation was set up in Baroness Kennedy’s name over 15 years ago to take forward the findings of her seminal ‘Learning Works’ report. Speaking at the event, Baroness Kennedy said: “It is an honour to support such inspirational and deserving people in their rise to success. Presenting these students with one of our awards in acknowledgment of their achievements at university marks a crucial milestone in their lives and future careers”.
Students at the House of Lords celebration. Nicola Radford-Naylor pictured third from the left, front row.