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Scholarship winner has plans to make a difference to special needs teaching

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Bilal Khan secures a Dean's Scholarship for his studies

Student Bilal Khan is taking a BA Special Education degree at the School of Education and Communities has just been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship worth £13,500 over three years, targeting academic excellence for candidates who reflect a commitment to the University’s values.

He currently works as a Learning Support Assistant in a mainstream secondary school and opted for a degree in Special Education as he hopes to become a secondary school Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

He said, “I chose UEL as it is one of the most diverse universities in London and has an outstanding reputation degrees and qualification in teaching and education, the chosen career path I want to follow.

“The lecturers have been amazing. They always take time out to help you when you need it the most. The delivery of every lesson is amazing and informative. I have also made new friends on my course which is brilliant as well.”

He said the scholarship would “benefit me by reducing my financial concerns and securing the grades to the best of my ability through the knowledge I have gained so far in my course”.

The scholarship programme demands that those who win the awards show a commitment to the University’s values. Asked how he would demonstrate those values, Bilal said, “I am willing to contribute and deliver my leadership skills to the university by offering effective feedback about issues raised within my course to make things better for everyone.

“As time goes on in my course, I would like to start a SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) society to bring awareness of this area of education and the current issues surrounding SEND.”

Richard Harty, dean of the School of Education and Communities, said, “I’m delighted that Bilal has secured this scholarship and he can focus on his degree.

“Teaching and sharing the university’s values are an intrinsic part of our education and it’s great to see Bilal has plans to use his degree to make an even more meaningful impact on society than he’s already doing as a Learning Support Assistant. We’ll be following his progress with great interest and enthusiasm.”