Former CONEL student overcomes deafness to study for an MSc after gaining first class degree
A deaf student who wants to improve the health of disadvantaged people has taken on a master’s degree after graduating with first class honours last summer.
Donna Morris-Davidson, 50, attained a BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion and Public Health at the University of West London after taking an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).
She is now studying for an MSc in Public Health at the University of East London.
Donna said: “I graduated with a first class degree with top grades for all modules.
“One of my lecturers has encouraged me to have one of my essays published, and I have also been a keynote speaker at a conference to student midwives. As you can imagine, I am very proud of my accomplishments.
“My MSc work is going to be very challenging, but I am so excited.”
CONEL provided Donna with signers in her classes and she went on to gain a Distinction on her course as well as receiving an Excellence Award from the College.
She said: “I’ve faced many challenges as a deaf student but I had fantastic support from CONEL in helping overcome any barriers to my learning, such as communications and seating arrangements.
“I enjoyed the course so much that I did not want to miss one session.
“I am eternally grateful to my tutors. They showed me how to study at degree level and gave me study methods I still use on my masters.
“My time at CONEL was a gateway to the different world, and proved I could be successful.”
Access to Higher Education Diploma courses provide students without the qualifications to study at degree level with the skills and knowledge to get into university.
CONEL offers these courses in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Computing, Engineering and Science.
Christine Peck, Course Team Leader in Health and Social Care, said: “Donna has gone from strength to strength, achieving not only a first class degree but also regular commendations from her tutors.
“She’s a really positive role model for anyone wanting a career in healthcare, but especially for those who may feel their disability could hinder their academic studies and chosen career.”
- Last Updated: 01 November 2017
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