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Former Build student Joe Butler gets award from OCN London

Story added 15th Nov 2017

Joe Butler receiving his award

Former Build student Joe Butler has been awarded a bursary for his outstanding academic achievement at Build from not-for-profit charity OCN London.

After a gap of eight years, Joe returned to learning to study for an Access to HE Diploma in Humanities and Social Science. From the beginning of the course he demonstrated his ability to articulate syntheses of complex arguments, producing outstanding written work  in each of the three main subject areas. He was able to handle statistical analysis, give perceptive definitions, produce clear arguments and think independently. Joe achieved distinctions in all 45 graded credits on the Access to HE Diploma.

His tutors said: “Joe is focused, fluent and concise, with excellent structure running through his work. He thinks deeply and explores subjects carefully before coming to any conclusions. He has applied his intellectual ability and his skills of academic research and writing to produce some of the best work we have seen on our Access course in many years.”

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. 

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.