Coleg Gwent nursing student, Jamie Maidment has been awarded this year’s Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Learner Prize at the Palace of Westminster, for his outstanding commitment to his studies.
Jamie, a 31 year old dad of two, left school when he was 13 and fell into a pattern of self-destructive behaviour including drugs and criminality. When his daughter was born in 2013, Jamie was determined to set out on a path to accomplish his ambition of becoming a mental health nurse and to change his life around.
Despite his lack of confidence and with no academic achievements from school, Jamie gained a place on the Access to Higher Education qualification in Nursing at Coleg Gwent’s City of Newport Campus and successfully completed the course last year.
Jamie was nominated by Access tutor, Beverley Earley, who said: “Jamie has been a shining light on the Access course and has turned his life around. He has a particular aptitude for science and has gained a high number of distinctions across the Access course.” She closed by saying: “He will be an asset to the nursing profession as much as he has been an asset to the Access course.”
The purpose of the prize is to recognise and celebrate the achievement of learners and pay tribute the amazing journey undertaken by Access students and is held in memory of Keith Fletcher who dedicated his career to promoting and endorsing Access to HE, before passing away in November 2010.