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Commitment to helping young people leads to award for Shital

One of our hard-working university-level students has been rewarded for her commitment with a Dean’s Award for Law, Humanities and Social Sciences (LHSS) from the University of Derby.  22-year-old Shital Givan  won the award for coming in the top 10% of students on the first year of Central’s university-level Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice.

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Central’s foundation degree course is validated by the University of Derby and the annual Dean’s Award celebrates students who gain outstanding academic achievement in their programme area.

Shital said: “When I found out about the award I felt surprised and happy at the same time that my hard work and effort was acknowledged by the University of Derby. I definitely think it is a good scheme for the University to have because students will feel a sense of appreciation for their hard work as well as encouraging them to keep doing their best.

“I chose the foundation degree at Central because it will provide a pathway for me to work with young offenders and make a difference in their lives. After the course, I hope to progress onto a top-up year.

 “The course has been great so far. The best part for me has been the way the lessons are taught by tutors, as the atmosphere is positive and encouraging.” 

Trissa Pearson, Head of School for Science and Academic Progression at Central, said: “Shital is using the foundation degree as a stepping stone to further study and a career. She’s achieved this award while juggling a job alongside her studies, so her hard work and commitment is already paying off. We’re really proud of her.”

Central’s Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice is designed to help prepare people for a career in the criminal justice or other law enforcement agencies. It covers a broad range of subjects, from victimology and criminal justice law to criminal psychology and crime scene management. After the course they can progress into employment or go to university to top-up to a full degree.