Mature student heads to Barcelona

A mature learner from west London is flying high after winning a scholarship for a three-month exchange to Spain.

Shadia Ferguson, 46, from Chiswick, is studying at Kingston College for a foundation degree in early years. She will now spend three months at the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona as part of the ERASMUS programme.

The mother of two said: “Having this chance to go to Barcelona is amazing. I’m looking forward to experiencing another culture and learning the language, and hopefully can incorporate it with my studies.

“I’m fortunate that my family are very supportive of me doing this. It’s hard learning at my age – but the tutors have been excellent and go that extra mile to support.”

Shadia is also planning to volunteer for a charity working within a school.