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Debby Van Aelst


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I have three full days of lectures and one day of placement each week. Any spare time is taken up studying so I’m not able to work as much as I’d like which affects my finances. There are quite a few additional courses I’d like to take part in but until now I was unable to. This support will really make a difference to me.


Debbie celebrates receiving her scholarship

Studying Speech & Language Therapy

Debby joined Leeds Beckett as a mature student after she realised how speech and language therapy can transform people’s lives.

She left school when she was 16 but always wanted to return to education. She was awarded her place at Leeds Beckett after taking GCSEs and studying an access course which gave her the confidence that she could study at university level.

Debby will use the scholarship to attend extra-curricular conferences and training courses to help her get ahead in her career.