GRADUATES

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Beth Critchley grew up in Salford, attending a high school just removed from special measures and suffered from glandular fever while sitting her A- Levels. She managed to secure top grades and is now in her final year at the University of York reading Law. She enjoys many activities outside of her studies including part time work, volunteering for student led project ‘Nightsafe’ and playing volleyball for her college. She is hoping to go on to be a solicitor and has a vacation scheme lined up for the summer. 

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From a school in special measures to a world-class university: I’m Charlotte Harrison and I graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics and Theology from the University of Exeter. From being selected for the university touch rugby team, to working as a mentor in the prestigious Exeter Mathematics School I fully immersed myself within the university environment. After graduation, I was appointed as the City Mayor’s first ever Graduate Ambassador for Salford, a role which enabled me to encourage high aspiration in Salford schools. I am now exploring the food and drink industry, working to establish a start-up venture in London. Watch this space.

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Faye Allison worked part-time alongside school to pay for her travel costs to and from Loreto College, a 90 minute commute away. She left the college in 2010 with five A Levels, going on to graduate from the University of Sheffield with her BSc in Biology. Thanks to networking facilitated by Nigel Hirst, co-founder of DCET, Faye successfully gained a graduate position in Environmental Consultancy and has since moved into recruitment as a Senior Consultant with the UK’s number one scientific recruiter. She is now a DCET trustee and mentor for current scholars. 

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Hateema Zia is a Law graduate from the London School of Economics. She was awarded the LSE Golden Scholarship and elected as a student Director for the LSE Court of Governors and Council. During University she mentored and supported students from disadvantaged backgrounds like herself. Over the years Hateema has gained a diversity of experience in the legal and banking sector. She enjoys volunteering; her most recent trip involved supporting a Human Rights brigade in Panama. Here she assisted Panamanian lawyers in providing legal access to vulnerable families. Hateema is currently studying for a Master's in Law at the University of Manchester.

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I'm Jessica Jackson and I study architecture in the University of Dundee - Scotland. It is by the grace of God that I have come this far; through the help of tutors, mentors, and DCET. Initially I struggled academically and financially, but, with hard work, perseverance and faith, I overcame these challenges. I aspire to graduate with exceptional grades, estimable skills and extensive knowledge, to work and impact the community through my chosen field. In addition, I hope to become a DCET sponsor in the future.

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Lucy Sutton grew up in South Manchester and attended a secondary school which entered special measures in her first year. In her first year of college, her father was made redundant and her family were plunged even deeper into poverty. She developed a chronic illness, but persevered and gained at place at the University of Manchester reading Politics. She graduated in summer of 2018 and has since joined the Civil Service. She’s currently working in Policy and is designing a new Government service, helping adults retrain into better jobs. She is also taking part in a 6-month programme at the University of Durham to retrain women in technology where she hopes her career will eventually lead.

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 Rebekah Officer graduated with a law degree from the University of Bristol in 2015. Whilst at University she worked to encourage students from 'non-traditional' university backgrounds to apply to leading universities.  She undertook several work placements whilst at University including a mini-pupillage at Kings Chambers in Manchester. Following this, DCET has maintained contact with Kings, and DCET Scholars continue to undertake mini-pupillages there. Since graduating she has volunteered in Panama providing pro bono legal clinics to indigenous communities with no access to legal services. 

After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2015, she volunteered in Panama providing pro bono legal advice and business workshops to indigenous communities. The purpose of the project was to provide legal advice to people who did not have access to legal representation, help set up community banks and provide workshops in schools. As part of the project, Rebekah was able to take part in a cultural exchange day and received a traditional floral headpiece from the community that she worked with. Rebekah also received a (temporary!) tattoo with ‘ink’ derived from a tree which is traditionally used to protect the skin from the sun and deter insects.

Rebekah then continued with her studies and achieved a Distinction in her post-graduate Legal Practice Course in Bristol. She went on to commence her training contract in Exeter in August 2017 and is now less than a year away from becoming a qualified solicitor.

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I’m Renésha Gray, early on I struggled with education but through determination I saw great changes, and began to do really well. After high school I studied at Loreto College until 2013, gaining all A’s in my A-Levels. I went on to study BSC (Hons) Psychology at the university of Manchester and Graduated with a 2:1. I have gained a lot of experience working in domestic violence centres and the mental health sector, and I am now working under Children’s Services. I hope to gain a training course as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in the near future.

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Tallulah Eyres. When you grow up in one of the most deprived cities in the country, surrounded by drugs, violence and crime, opportunities are scarce and bleak, especially the chance to attend a good school. Salford has always defined and inhibited me, by my surname, my postcode, and my class but escape came via Loreto College, my beacon of hope… education was my route out. On receiving a DCET scholarship, my ambitions became possible; I am now in my final year studying sociology at the LSE, ironically, being educated about inequalities and injustices, has taught me to be proud of my identity and my city. Working as a parliamentary assistant for Rebecca Long-Bailey MP has also provided a stage for my voice to fight for what I believe in ... to challenge the system, the damaging orthodoxies and tired ideologies which work against disadvantaged people like me.