A learner at Bath College has been named ‘Adult Student of the Year’ at the AoC national conference.

Rachelle Wabissa, an access-to-higher-education student, received the award because she overcame a range of personal difficulties, including a diagnosis of tuberculosis just four months into her year-long course.

Despite being ill, she continued with her studies and even became a course representative to help support fellow students.

The 22-year-old has now completed her course, and has a place to study social work and applied studies at the University of Bath.

“It will open doors for me when employers see that I have put my heart and my soul into my education,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting to win at all. The continued support from my college was a great help and they really pushed me to be the best I could be.”

“Her compassion and hard work show, despite the illness she has been struggling with. She’s more than deserving of this award,” said David Hughes, chief executive of the AoC.

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