Patron's Award

Terrie Cornwell-Dunnett

2018 National Winner

When she saw the University of Suffolk advertising a Degree in Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies Terrie knew that this was her chance to pursue something she felt passionately about.

As a young child, Terrie was told she would never amount to much. Fortunately, her foster father disagreed, and with his support and guidance, Terrie slowly began to gain confidence and believe in herself. She secured a place at college studying for a BTEC Diploma in Social Care, where her passion for social equality was ignited.

Terrie has volunteered and supported children who are hearing impaired for many years. This motivated her to learn and understand more about disabilities. Terrie has a physical disability herself which has required 16 operations on her spine, resulting in constant pain and discomfort. She knew that studying for a Degree as a mature student while also working and raising a child would be difficult but was determined to progress her career and needed formal qualifications to do this.

Terrie said, “I hope to achieve this Degree and make valuable changes to other people’s lives. My foster dad has always believed in me and it’s this belief that motivates me to go on.”

Terrie’s nominator, Personal Tutor and Course Leader, Allison Boggis, said “She is a remarkable woman who inspires others to achieve and reach their potential.”