TWO mature students from Droitwich Spa have been recognised by the University of Worcester for their hard work.

David Twist, a history student, and Michael Sullivan, an English literature student, were both awarded academic achievement scholarships after gaining top grades in their assignments.

David, age 50, from Clee View, said: “I am very pleased that I’m not too old to make the podium.”

Sixty-two-year-old Michael, from Huddington, added: “I had been looking forward to the opportunity to study English literature for some years and being accepted at the University of Worcester was very satisfying in itself. The rigour of the degree programme has stretched me beyond my expectations and to achieve an academic scholarship within this environment is undoubtedly an honour.

“The scholarship award has vindicated my decision to return to full time education. I plan to use my award money to fund travel to further my literary research.”

The £1,000 scholarship is awarded to students at the University of Worcester with outstanding academic achievements. A record 98 students were this year awarded the scholarships, which were presented at an award ceremony presided over by the university’s vice chancellor, Professor David Green.

He said: “I am delighted that so many of our students have been awarded scholarships this year. It is testament to their hard work and commitment to their studies.”

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