Inspirational Bath College student Rachelle Wabissa was chosen as Adult Student of the Year at the Association of College’s national conference.

Rachelle was nominated for the award by Access to Higher Education lecturer Carolyn Guy and was one of three students to be shortlisted.

She was invited to a prestigious awards ceremony, which was part of a two-day conference attended by senior leaders in further education.

The 22-year-old has just finished studying the Access to Higher Education course at Bath College, which enabled her to secure a place to study social work and applied studies at the University of Bath.

She was nominated for the award in recognition of her drive to succeed and her determination to overcome difficult personal circumstances.

Rachelle said: “I wasn’t expecting to win at all, it feels like a dream! The continued support from my college was a great help and they really pushed me all the best way to be the best I could be.”

Bath College’s Access to Higher Education programme is a year-long intensive course which provides students with a qualification, allowing them to progress and study at degree level.

Rachelle enrolled on the programme in September 2016, which required her to study English and maths in addition to units relevant to her degree.

Just four months into the course, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis, but despite being ill, she continued with her studies and helped with a pioneering project to integrate technology into tuberculosis treatment.

Alongside this, she became a course representative, listening to the views of her fellow students and supporting their needs throughout the year.

Rachelle enrolled on the programme in September 2016, which required her to study English and maths in addition to units relevant to her degree. Just four months into the course, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis, but despite being ill, she continued with her studies and helped with a pioneering project to integrate technology into tuberculosis treatment.

Alongside this, she became a course representative, listening to the views of her fellow students and supporting their needs throughout the year.

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