A talented young student's dream of becoming a top games
designer has moved a step closer after securing financial help from
Gateshead College's charity.
Nineteen-year-old Connor Brady, from Birtley in Gateshead, has
received funding from The Gateshead
College Foundation, which is enabling him to study towards a
career in games design.
Connor is using the £380 funding to pay travel costs to and from
Gateshead College's Baltic Campus, where he is studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Games
and App Design.
Without the award, the youngster, who according to his lecturers
has a real flair for games design and development, would be
struggling to attend classes and complete his
Now, thanks to the college's assistance he is looking forward to
completing his studies before going onto Leeds Met University this
September to pursue his ambition of creating games for PCs and
gaming platforms like Xbox and Playstation.
Connor, who has already created an eye-catching iPhone app for a
national enterprise competition to showcase his creative
skills, said the cash award has changed his life.
"The Gateshead College course is the best in the region for
people keen to pursue careers in the games industry and is an
important step in securing a place on a degree course at
"Without the Foundation, I just wouldn't have been able to
manage on my own paying the travel costs. I just wouldn't have been
able to take the next step; so I'd like to thank the college for
all its help."
Connor is the latest to have benefitted from awards made by the
Foundation aimed at helping young people develop their potential
and improve life chances.
In total, the Foundation so far has given more than £175,000 to
students. This includes over £66,000 towards paying course fees for
95 students while grants in excess of £65,000 have gone to 220
16-18 year-old full time students.
Thousands of pounds have also been given to help dozens of
struggling part-time students successfully complete their
The Gateshead College Foundation is designed to bridge FE
funding gaps, in particular helping those people affected by the
abolition of the previous Education Maintenance Allowance and other
Launched with a £1 million fund last year, the Foundation is
bolstered by a percentage of any surplus the college makes each
year and money from staff fundraising activity including sponsored
runs, collection boxes, clothing and jewellery sales and charity
Donations have also been received from ITV and training company
Judith Doyle, deputy principal at Gateshead College, said: "We
launched the Foundation to help our students get the financial
support they need to realise their talent and ambitions.
"It's really important for us, as a college at the heart of the
community, to give people every opportunity to succeed through
quality training and equipping them with the skills employers
"Connor is a gifted student who has a real passion for his
chosen career but has found it difficult to progress due to
"So, it's great to be able to see Connor and dozens like him
benefit from Foundation funding and take another huge step forward
on the path to career success."
Click here to find out
more about the Gateshead College Foundation.