Awards recognising academic excellence and outstanding commitment have been won by two Wiltshire College & University Centre students.
Claire Harris and Tiffany Greenwood, who studied Access to HE at the Trowbridge campus, both received certificates and a cash prize from Ascentis, which hosts the DJ Moore Bursary Awards.
The annual competition accepts nominations from all centres which offer the Access to Higher Education course across the UK accredited by them, making it even more impressive that two Wiltshire College & University Centre students were selected.
Claire Harris won the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award after impressing the judges with her passion and determination.
The mum of six from Trowbridge, who started the course when her youngest when just five weeks old, said: “I knew that I had been nominated, which was lovely, but I was really shocked to find out that I had won.
“It is very nice to be recognised and the £400 that I received will go towards a family day out.”
Claire came back to College to go into nursing but soon realised with her results she could apply to study medicine.
She successfully gained one of only 270 medical places at the University of Bristol from more than 5,000 applications and said she is enjoying every second of studying to become a doctor.
Tiffany Greenwood was also awarded for her Outstanding Commitment to Study and received a cheque for £200.
The 21-year-old from Trowbridge has faced many challenges throughout her teens including having endometriosis as well as other debilitating conditions and her mum suffering from breast cancer.
All this became her motivation for wanting to pursue a career in cellular molecular medicine, with a long-term ambition of becoming a medial clinical researcher to help find treatments and cures for illnesses and diseases that have affected her and loved ones.
Tiffany, who is also at the University of Bristol, said: “I loved the Access to HE course and learned so much.
“It has been a struggle though at times and so it was really nice to be recognised by both my lecturer who nominated me and Ascentis.”
Access to HE lecturer Amanda Doherty nominated both students.
She said: “When I saw the D J Moore awards, both Claire and Tiffany stood out.
“Claire obtained 45 distinctions in psychology, biology and chemistry, which is incredible and testament to her dedication and energy.
“She was also a shoulder to lean on for other students and her approach to organising study groups and her support has helped her colleagues immensely.
“I am astounded that Tiffany has achieved so much in the face of such serious medical conditions and at getting 42 distinctions and one merit whilst being unwell and having had to undergo surgery.
“She is an exceptional young woman and will make an excellent scientist.”
Steph Hulford, Account Manager for Ascentis, presented the pair with their awards.
She said: “The Access to HE course is a life changing opportunity for people and I was delighted to come to the College to present these awards to these outstanding students.
“I wish them every success in their future careers.”