18TH JULY 2003


A record number of students graduated from Edge Hill College of Higher Education’s Fastrack programme with most looking forward to taking up degrees at the Ormskirk Campus.

Last week 113 students completed the six week intensive access course for adult returners to education and combined graduation celebrations with a farewell party for Emy Onuora, Widening Participation Coordinator and developer of the Fastrack programme.

The Fastrack programme combines subject knowledge, study skills and personal development in a range of subjects including Information Technology, Criminology, Sports Studies and English with guaranteed progression to degree courses at Edge Hill.

Founder of the Fastrack course Emy Onuora is set to join colleagues from higher and further education, careers services and schools as Director of the Merseyside Partnerships for Progression scheme. Edge Hill is one of the four higher education partners involved in the project that aims to raise aspirations and achievement of young people to enter higher education.

Anne Richards, Head of Partnerships at Edge Hill praised the pioneering work that Emy was involved in during his time at the Institution.

She said: “Emy is extremely creative and committed to ensuring that people achieve their best through study. He introduced groundbreaking projects such as the Fastrack programme that has grown from just 20 students attending the pilot in 1996 to 120 enrolments this year. He will be missed but we hope to keep in contact through Edge Hill’s involvement with the Partnerships for Progression project.”