Young Adult Learner Award

Taylor Bird

2017 National Winner

Taylor found school difficult and gained very few GCSEs. Her experience of learning took a turn for the better when she joined Walsall College’s Achieving Together programme.

Taylor was bullied at school because of her learning and physical disabilities. At college, however, she discovered that her differences were accepted and she had found a more supportive environment where she could flourish and express herself.

Inspired by her father, an artist, and her childhood hobbies of drawing and photography, Taylor chose a creative pathway. She worked hard to complete entry level English and maths qualifications as well as Level 2 and 3 Art and Design. This led her to progress onto a photography degree; becoming only the second person in her family to go to university.

Alongside her studies, Taylor became actively involved in the Students’ Union, dedicating her time to supporting others and helping improve the courses. She was subsequently elected as the HE Students’ Union Student Officer.

Also, while studying for her degree, Taylor set up her own photography business and has plans to expand with her own studio.

“The personal journey Taylor has taken has been challenging and emotional but she has kept on going and worked extremely hard to achieve her goals,” said her nominator, Sharan.

“I’m now a lot more confident in my own skills and this has helped to me find the right path, develop my communication skills and set up my own business,” said Taylor.