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Students link-up to lend a hand

27th November 2002

Students link-up to lend a hand

STUDENTS from Aston University in Birmingham have linked up with Queen Alexandra College (QAC) in Harborne to give its students a helping hand. QAC is a specialist national college that helps young people and adults with visual impairment and other disabilities to learn, live and work independently.

The Aston students, who are mainly studying Optometry, visited the College for a guided tour by Sue Wright, Principal, so that they could see QAC students at work. They also offered their help in fundraising for the College's new Information and Communication Technology Centre. Employment prospects for most of QAC's learners lie in fields where information technology skills are required. Therefore, computer technology and training are integral to much of the College's training provision. The new CTEC Centre will be a single-storey, fully-accessible building with room for 24 learners with disabilities.

Shamir Patel, President of Aston Students' Guild, said: "We're really pleased to support the students at Queen Alexandra College. Aston University has a long history of volunteering and fundraising and this link up will no doubt continue that tradition."

Sue Wright, Prinicipal of QAC, added: "We'd really like to thank the students at Aston University for offering to help out at QAC. This is the first time we have linked up with students from one of the universities in the region and I hope that our association with Aston will continue for many years."

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

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