Julie Cummins

Individual Regional Awards
Yorkshire and the Humber

When Julie struggled to read and write at school, she was laughed at, so without the help she needed, Julie left school without any qualifications. It was at the age of 32, when her youngest son brought books home from school, that Julie felt she had to learn to read and write, as she couldn’t help him.

Julie taught herself to read using flash cards, the Oxford Reading Tree and her children’s school books. Ten years later, Julie enrolled on an Access Course at Dewsbury College, as she wanted the education she felt she should’ve had as a child. During the Access Course Julie flourished and won the Adult Learners’ Week Aim Higher Award, in 2008. This led to her embarking on a degree course in Sociology and Psychology.

Julie is now studying for her degree at the University of Bradford and outperforms most of the other students in her year group – an exceptional achievement for someone who taught herself to read and write and who, at the age of 42, was diagnosed with having severe dyslexia. “Learning has made a difference to my life in that it’s made me feel alive. It’s opened lots of doors for me and I’ve made new friends,” said Julie.

Award Winners
“Learning has made a difference to my life in that it’s made me feel alive. It’s opened lots of doors for me and I’ve made new friends.”
Julie Cummins, 2010 Award Winner