BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing student at UCFB, Lewis Hargraves has recently overcome adversity to be awarded the Most Improved Student Award at the UCFB Student Academic Awards.

Originally from Nelson in Lancashire, Lewis suffered an accident at age 11 which left him with short-term memory loss and reduced motor skills. After completing his A-Levels, Lewis joined UCFB to pursue his interests in football and marketing. However, halfway through Lewis’ first year at UCFB it became evident that the step up to higher education was proving more challenging than first thought. This was identified by the UCFB Student Support Team and Lewis was given the support of a Learning Mentor to support him during his course.

Lewis was awarded a range of support, including in-house support from the UCFB Learning Support Team and specialist support coordinated by Randstad. This joint approach allows Lewis to have targeted and responsive support through all areas of his studies.

Senior Learning Support Mentor, Rachel Walker commented on Lewis’ progress:

I started working with Lewis to support his learning by providing guidance on referencing techniques, organisation and time keeping. His improvement was immediate and brilliant to see.

 “He is always keen to get work done and his positive approach has meant that not only is he feeling more confident in his abilities moving forward but his grades have significantly improved as a result.”

Lewis openly admits that without the support of the Learning Support Team he wouldn’t have progressed to the end of the first year.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing student, Lewis gave his thoughts on the support UCFB has provided:

“The Learning Support Team has really helped me in my studies. They provide guidance on additional reading to support assignments and how to prepare and plan for assignments.”

As part of his degree he was given the challenge of redesigning a football club’s website. Using online software and creative ideas, Lewis was tasked with putting together a presentation for his fellow students and Academic Mentors to identify how he would adapt the website to provide a more engaging and user-friendly experience. The group presentation was delivered by him and other members of his group and was highlighted by his academic tutors as one of the best presentations of the module.

The Learning Support Team provides various forms of support, ranging from mentoring and study facilitation, to special assistance and library provision. Support is provided for students with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and any other forms of learning difficulties.

On his aspirations for the future, Lewis commented:

“I am now in my final year at UCFB and achieving more than I thought was ever possible when I started back in September 2013. My expectations of what I can achieve in the future have raised and I now have aspirations to work for a football club in their Marketing department, with specific focus on raising the profile of players.”

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