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Former CWC student Barry Kaiza received an award from OCN London

Barry Kaiza has been awarded a bursary for outstanding commitment to study on his Access to HE Diploma course. Barry gained an Access to HE Diploma in Computing at City of Westminster College and is now studying Networking and Cyber Security at London Met University.

Since coming to the UK in 2013 as a refugee from Uganda, Barry has struggled to support himself.  Being unemployed and homeless (he stays in a Salvation Army hostel)  has made it doubly hard for him to study. Despite not having a computer – a bit of problem since he was studying computing – Barry has been able to complete the course with the help of the college and friends who gave him access to PCs. His University tutors said:  “He has been able to overcome all this through sheer determination, commitment to his education and support from his friends. Barry is a very good student and worked extremely hard on the activities we set him, demonstrating resourcefulness and an ability to effectively and efficiently problem solve in various contexts.”

“Barry was an exceedingly hard working student who dedicated time and effort into all the work he completed on the Access Computing course last year. He overcame many personal barriers to his education and showed us that even in the hardest of circumstances, if you want to succeed in education, and indeed in life, that you have to push through things that might hold you back to be the best you can be. His award was very well deserved!” Said Juli McArthur, Barry’s former tutor at CWC.

OCN London is a national not-for-profit organisation that creates and awards qualifications.  They are one of the UK’s leading Access Validating Agencies offering Access to HE Diplomas in 45 subject. Their mission is to help create a fairer society where everyone, whatever their educational background, has an opportunity to benefit from learning, realise their potential and fulfil their goals. City of Westminster College work with OCN London on a variety of courses within Access to HE.

Michael Sargent, who worked with OCN London for many years, was a champion of lifelong learning and a great believer in offering opportunities to second-chance learners. The bursaries are awarded in his honour.