From wishing for the weekend to looking forward to the day ahead, Rachel Davison has transformed her life with the help of Barnsley College and University Campus Barnsley (UCB).

Rachel Davison, 47, of Darfield, started her working life in administration roles. After the unfortunate death of her father, she decided it was time to make her dream career a reality.

Rachel enrolled on an Access to HE: Humanities and Social Sciences course at Barnsley College which enabled her to progress onto the BA English Literature and History programme at UCB. Rachel excelled and was awarded the prestigious Betty Gartery prize from University of Huddersfield, awarded annually to a mature student who has made the most significant contribution to the course in that academic year.

After graduating, Rachel continued her education, enrolling on to a PGCE course at UCB, whilst working at the College in the Business and Management Department. She had the opportunity to teach on every programme from English to Business at all levels within the department whilst completing the PGCE qualification.

Rachel’s hard work has paid off as she is now employed as a course leader for Teacher Training at UCB.

Rachel said: “I have been on quite a journey and the support from College and UCB has been instrumental in this, they have helped to transform my life and encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. Now I look forward to coming to work every day.”