A STUDLEY student has been recognised by the University of Worcester for her outstanding academic achievements.

Anna Harley, aged 20, was awarded a £1,000 scholarship for academic achievement throughout the 2019/20 academic year, earned despite the unprecedented circumstances created by the global pandemic.

The Biomedical Science student said: “I am really happy to have achieved this scholarship as it is something to show for all the hard work I have put into my degree.”

“It was a shock opening the email to say I had received an award, but it has definitely made all my effort worth it. It is a great award to put on my CV to help with future employment and I will also be putting the money into savings to help me after I have finished uni.”

Anna, now in her third year, said studying during the pandemic proved hard at times, but said overall the University was helpful in answering any questions and ensuring learning continued online.

The former Alcester Grammar School pupil was drawn to Worcester by the attractions of the University and City.

She added: “I chose to study at Worcester because there is a big community feel to it, along with class sizes being small meaning that I know everyone on my course and feel it is easier to go to any lecturers for help. The City is also lovely with lots of nice shops and cafes to relax in when not doing work and the Hive is a great space to study in with pretty views from the top floor.”

University of Worcester Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Professor Sarah Greer, said: “We are very proud of each and every student who earned an Academic Scholarship or prize this year, particularly given the unprecedented circumstances of the last year. Despite the challenges they have been faced with during the pandemic, these students have proved their commitment to their studies, and we hope this award will inspire them to further academic success."