Tim Chapman, studied at South Thames College and now runs his very own start up, we talk to him about his journey and how his time at South Thames College has helped him to become a successful entrepreneur.
Tim studied Art & Design at South Thames College and then went on to the University of Nottingham to study Product Design & Manufacture, when Tim graduated he started 'Pan Pickle’ a backstop for pan rings that have been designed by Tim primarily for people with limited mobility and poor vision. He is one of 15 people in the UK who has been invited to work for RedBull, who are supporting entrepreneurs who have started a socially minded business.
What made you chose South Thames College?
I dropped out of school in Year 9 and turned up to South Thames College with no GCSEs, the variety of courses appealed to me and I was interested in Art & Design but wasn’t aware of the numerous career paths studying this could lead to. I started at Level 1 and spent 3 years at South Thames College, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my tutors at South Thames College who I am still in touch with today. Whilst doing the course I decided I wanted to go onto the University and did a Maths A-Level on the side of my course to get on to the degree I wanted to study.
A2i Dyslexia is a community interest company (CIC) based in Wandsworth working with dyslexics in the local community and their families to give direct support and signpost them to services.
A2i Dyslexia are very honoured to have received the British Dyslexia Smart Award. Elizabeth Takyi, the founder of A2i Dyslexia and South Thames College alumni was diagnosed with dyslexia in her adulthood.
Elizabeth Takyi, CEO of A2i Dyslexia commented: ‘Receiving the BDA Smart Award was the icing on the cake to encourage other dyslexics to believe that they can go on and achieve amazing things in life and make a change. We want to thank the team at BDA for the recognition.’
South Thames College hosted a series of workshops and classes promoting good mental health and well-being, staff and students worked in collaboration with expert practitioners to address various issues.
Seva is a Sanskrit word that describes the act of selfless love. Staff and Pupils worked with practitioners to provide a platform for discussions and opportunities, creating focus groups and mentor and support groups, with the aim to build an inclusive environment through positive discussion and action.
We ran a series of Workshops from ‘Mental Health is Wealth’ by Inside Out UK to a workshop on Yoga & Meditation practises to help improve Mental Health. Cricketer, Monty Panesar was also in attendance and participated in a Q&A with students, sharing his advice.