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Recognition for inspirational Access to HE student

7th December 2018

Gareth Palmer, who completed the Access to Higher Education: Engineering course this summer, has been awarded the CAVA Keith Fletcher Regional Runner Up Award for Outstanding Commitment to Study.

This award from CAVA, the awarding body for City College Norwich’s Access to HE courses, follows on from Gareth winning the Award for Exceptional Performance at our FE Awards in October.   

Gareth achieved the Access qualification despite having to care for his wife, Tania, who had a serious long-term illness.  Tania sadly passed away in March.  She had asked Gareth to promise that he would complete his studies and go on to realise his ambition of working in aviation - something he is well on his way to doing.

Gareth’s Access lecturer described him as “a lovely, inspirational man”, praising not only his determination through this extremely difficult period, but also his willingness to contribute and help others in the group as they worked together to meet the academic demands of the course.

Following the FE Awards, Gareth said:

“Completing the Access course was a fairly easy task because it was something I wanted and something Tania made me promise I would do.  A promise is a promise.  In theory she should be getting the limelight and this award.”

“I have stayed friends with other members of the group from the Access course.  It was nice to know that there were people with me as I was going through this.  And staff at the college have been very, very good to me.” 

Gareth is now studying on City College Norwich’s degree in Professional Aviation Engineering Practice.  The award was collected on Gareth’s behalf by Lisa James, Head of Adult Education at the college (pictured).