Are you a student therapist who has overcome seemingly impossible odds to excel in education?
Perhaps you lacked confidence but transformed into a high achiever when you discovered your passion for therapies?
Maybe you study with a student leader, who has not only succeeded on a personal level, but has helped you and your fellow classmates raise the standard of your work?
If any of the above sounds familiar, we’d love to hear from you. You can nominate yourself for the award, or put forward an inspirational student or classmate.
Last year's winner for FHT Student of the Year was Brian Jauncey, MFHT:
Brian entered the field of complementary therapy as a mature student at the age of 42. The simple act of twisting to get out of a car one day resulted in two prolapsed discs which meant he couldn’t work for 16 weeks, leaving his career as a welder in jeopardy. Spinal surgery was recommended, which he promptly refused, and it was when trying different therapies to help with his back problem that Brian discovered the benefits of massage and acupuncture. In his own words, ‘Through these modalities, I was able to manage my pain, mobility and quality of life to a degree that I never thought possible’.
With the support of his family, he decided to enrol onto a BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapy for Healthcare degree at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, so that he could help others in a similar situation. Brian quickly developed a passion for learning and as the nominated representative for his course, helped to promote the university at open days, performing demonstrations and talking to prospective students. Having just gained a first for his degree, he is already looking at other ways to expand his skills and knowledge.
Speaking about his win, Brian says: ‘I’m very proud to receive the Student of the Year Award, and to receive recognition by an organisation such as the FHT is a great honour. I am continuing my studies with a PGCE course, alongside running my own practice, Heka Complementary and Alternative Therapies, in Wrexham. I’m then hoping to go on to do a Masters degree.’