A REDDITCH student who wants to make a difference to people with mental heath issues has been rewarded for her outstanding academic achievements.

Danielle Morgan, who has just graduated with a Foundation Degree in mental health from the University of Worcester, has been awarded an Academic Achievement Scholarship.

“When I found out I had won an award I was completely overwhelmed,” said 32-year-old Danielle.

“I was pleased with the grades that I had received but never imagined I would win an award because of them. Winning the award has spurred me on with my further studies and has given me a real sense of pride and confidence in myself.”

Danielle, a former pupil at RSA Academy Arrow Vale, added: “I currently work with young people and see first-hand how some struggle with mental health difficulties.

“I want to be able to help and make a difference. I also have a personal interest in promoting mental health, having seen first-hand the damage mental illness can do to a family.

“I am currently doing a top-up course that will turn my foundation degree into a full undergraduate degree, but I’m enjoying it so much that I intend to further my studies, probably with a Master’s, and possibly even one day a PhD."

Redditch student Jordan Workman, who is studying for a BA (Hons) in Business, Management and Human Resources Management at the uni won the Best Undergraduate Placement Student award.

They were both recently presented with their awards by the University’s vice chancellor and chief executive professor David Green, at a special ceremony.