Perfect attendance nets students rich rewards

September 2016

Two dedicated UCB students have hit the jackpot thanks to their impeccable attendance records.

Seventeen-year-old Teresa Da Costa was handed a cheque for £500 in recognition of 100 per cent attendance throughout the entire 2015/16 academic year.

The former Holyhead School pupil from Handsworth has an impressive track record. At secondary school she did not have a single day off due to sickness.

Teresa, who is studying Level 3 Sports Development and Coaching at UCB, plans to spend her winnings on driving lessons.

She said: “Being in College 100 per cent of the time is important to me. I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d won £500, I thought it was a joke!

“I love UCB because of the variety of courses and the careers they could lead to. I’m hoping to become a sports therapist.”

Senior lecturer Nicola Brady praised Teresa for her strong work ethic. She added: “Because Teresa pushed herself she was awarded the highest possible grade last year. We are extremely proud of her.”

Fellow UCB student Zolaykha Kausar, from Bordesley Green, was awarded £100 in return for full attendance in the final semester of 2015/16.

The 17-year-old, who is studying Level 3 Health and Social Care, has her sights set on becoming a midwife.

Tracey Queely, lecturer in Health and Social Care, said: “Zolaykha is keen, kind, hardworking, and always attends College. She an all-round brilliant student, who works really hard and is highly supportive of others.”

UCB uses the prize draw to encourage and reward excellent attendance.