College Merthyr Tydfil student awarded for outstanding learning achievements


A Sports Science student from Treharris has been recognised for her outstanding commitment to her studies at the annual UHOVI (Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute) Learner of the Year awards.

Hannah Spacey was named The College Merthyr Tydfil learner of the year at the awards ceremony, held on Wednesday 18th June at Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil.

Nominated by her lecturer Dr Martin Evans, Hannah was commended for her commitment to work based learning and her role as a student representative.He added: “Hannah is a resourceful and determined student who is a credit to the College. She has demonstrated sound leadership qualities and has been an immense support to staff and fellow students.”

Hannah, who studied the Foundation Degree Exercise and Health at the college now hopess to continue studying towards a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, said: “It was such a surprise to find out I’d even been nominated for this award, so I’m very happy and proud to have actually won.”

Part of the University of South Wales, UHOVI provides opportunities to study higher education courses at venues across the Valleys region. Working in partnership with further education colleges, businesses, local authorities and work based learning providers, UHOVI is inspiring people to continue or return to education in order to improve their skills or gain a qualification.

University of South Wales Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of UHOVI Graham Rogers said: “UHOVI has gone from strength to strength, providing a first class learning experience for students and working with communities to raise aspirations. The award winning students are truly inspirational and it is a privilege to be able to share their stories which demonstrate how learning can make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and their families.”

Dr Rhys Jones, who presented the awards during the evening, added: “I am delighted to be able to recognise the achievements of these outstanding individuals. Their hard work and dedication is of great credit to them, their tutors and their proud families who have supported them along their academic journey. I wish them every success in their future careers.

To watch Hannah talking about her experince please click here.


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