Published on November 24, 2021

We are phenomenally proud of our alumni and love to hear stories about how they are getting on after college life. We were delighted when Charlie Kimpton, one of our Level 3 Public Service students, got in touch to let us know how he is getting on at the University of Hertfordshire, and to pass his thanks to the NHC team who helped him achieve his goals. In an open letter, Charlie wrote:  


“I’ve been at the University of Hertfordshire for a while now, so I just thought I’d get in touch to let you know how it’s going, as well as to give you a massive thank you. 

“At first, being placed in a new environment was something I wasn’t particularly used to, so all I can say is that it was a bit of a struggle. But by the end of the second week, I had begun talking to another student on my course, who also came from Stevenage and was in a similar position as me. She introduced me to a few others at the University, who truly are an amazing group of people and are now my ‘uni squad’! Since that point, I have expanded my social circle and been able to meet people from many different cultures and from various places around the world, everyone has been so good at welcoming me and making me feel comfortable with university life – if I’m honest, I’d currently say the best part of uni life is the nightlife! But I know that after my initial induction, now is the time I must settle and focus on studying. Our first assignment question has just been released which, I’m not going to lie, is daunting, but hopefully I will manage and do as well as I did in college. 

“I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Everything you have taught me at college I have been able to use during my seminars, which has given me a head start at being the student with all the answers! You’ve also given me the confidence to share my opinion on certain topics. Just recently our class had a debate on the effectiveness of Stop and Search, and I was able to lead my group to our conclusion that ended the debate, so thank you for pushing me the extra mile to get me where I am now. I also want to thank you for persuading me to extend my education at university, it is such an amazing experience and the way you described university really helped make the decision for me. I know that the students you are currently teaching will feel the same. 

“Once again, thank you so much !

“Your favourite College student, Charlie Kimpton”  

Deputy Head for Sport and Public Services, Emma Ball, is thrilled to hear how well Charlie is getting on. She said: “It is great to hear Charlie is settling into university life, he started college as a very shy individual and his confidence blossomed over the two years he spent with us. Being nominated as class rep by his peers really encouraged Charlie to step out of his comfort zone and helped prepare him for university. We are so proud of what he has achieved and look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.”

If you are interested in starting on the pathway to university, beginning with a Public Services course, find out more about our available options on our Public Services page.