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Inspiring Student Awarded AoC Student of the Year Runner Up

Posted: 20th March 2019

On Tuesday 5th March, Adrian Swallow attended the celebratory event in Westminster where he was awarded by the Association of Colleges as the runner up for the Adult Student of the Year 2018.

Adrian, who now studies Applied Social Science at UCD, was nominated by The Northern College where he studied previously for his incredible contribution helping his fellow students and the wider college community.

At 57, Adrian has overcome many barriers in his life and his story shows just how brave and determined he is. Having served in the British Army and being part of the British force deployed for active duty in the Falklands war, Adrian has suffered from PTSD, depression and anxiety for the rest of his adult life. Using his life experiences, Adrian decided to offer positive advice and counselling to his college peers and acted as an ambassador for the behavioural curfew initiative.

“Starting this course has helped me keep on the right track. I enjoy helping others, I’ve always been that way inclined so it was nice to be awarded and it’s something to look back on.” – Adrian Swallow.

Adrian started his new chapter at Doncaster College and University Centre in September and hopes to continue his good work helping others.

“The Higher Education team are proud of Adrian’s achievements and extremely pleased that his hard work has been recognised with such a prestigious award. We look forward to working with Adrian to implement similar strategies which will benefit our students at University Centre Doncaster.”- Gina Ibbitson, Programme Leader.

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