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UCL reaffirms its commitment to widening participation with £2000 student award

Publication date: Mar 13, 2006 4:36:20 PM

University College London (UCL) will today award its first ever Provost Prize to law student Vladislav Savov as part of its ongoing commitment to widening participation. The prize, worth £2000, is awarded annually to a student entering UCL from City and Islington College who is exceptionally academically able, who has shown outstanding improvement during his or her time at the sixth form college and has overcome disadvantage to achieve entry to UCL. It will be awarded at a ceremony to mark the opening of the new home of City and Islington College at the Angel, to be held on Monday 26th January at 9.30am.

UCL and City and Islington College are linked in a Partnership of Excellence, an innovative initiative formed in consultation with the DfES to raise the achievements and aspirations of the students at the sixth form college.

Vladislav Savov, the award’s first recipient, came to the UK from Bulgaria in 1997. He joined City and Islington College in June 2003 and gained grade A passes in A-level english literature, geography and government and politics. He is now studying at law at UCL as well as volunteering as a student mentor at UCL and his former college.

Professor Worton, Vice-Provost and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature at UCL, says: “Our partnership with City and Islington College contributes significantly to our aim of widening participation in higher education. It also offers an opportunity for UCL students to gain valuable mentoring and training skills. We are delighted to be awarding this prize to Vladislav, in recognition of his achievements in obtaining a place at UCL. We wish him every success in the future.”

The event will be attended by Janice Shiner, Director General of the lifelong learning directorate at the DfES and Professor Worton.

Notes to editors

  1. The Provost Prize will be awarded at the ceremony to mark the opening of the new home of City and Islington College at the Angel. The event will be held on Monday 26th January at City and Islington College, Goswell Road, EC1V 7LA. To attend the event, arrange interviews or receive photographs, please contact UCL Media Relations on 0207 679 7678.