#HighAchievers 
I walked up to the grand entrance of the Hubb in Edinburgh, the enormous glass doors were held open by two beautifully dressed gents in their penguin tailed suits. The hallway ahead of me was lit up with the most stunning colour yellow that hit off each stone on the walls in such a way that made you think 'wow!' There were big church windows in the reception room that really finished off the setting for such a perfect evening. 
 
I had arrived... I was at the Collaborative awards for teaching excellence. 
As a speech and language therapy student we learn about a range of different communication difficulties and disorders, but for me Selective Mutism struck a chord. This is a developmental disorder whereby children speak freely to only a small number of people with whom they feel comfortable, in familiar situations or circumstances. This is an anxiety issue, where most commonly they speak to family in their home but don’t speak at school. This condition, if not treated can continue into adulthood. 
Take a look at Charlie's short article on how she became published! 
I was writing an assignment in my second year which included a reflection about a time where I was ageist. It really made me stop and think about my actions in everyday life in particular how someone could show ageist discrimination without intending it to be that way. 
 
After it was marked I got an email form a very supportive lecturer, Catharine Jenkins, asking and encouraging me to send it off to a journal to see if it could be published. I really didn’t think it would even be considered as I was convinced nobody would ever want to read anything that had written but I was inspired by her enthusiasm and thought it would be worth a shot while help was being offered. 
A unique programme at Birmingham City University, designed to support and develop the skills of high achieving students, has won a national teaching award. 
 
Following a rigorous peer review and selection process, the High Achievers Recognition Scheme (HARS), based in the institution’s Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, has been recognised with a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE). 
 
The Scheme is open to all eligible students who achieve good academic results, and to those who have made significant educational progress whilst studying at Birmingham City University. 
This is your chance to come a long, meet like minded people , chat to the HARs team, talk to the HARs scholars and find out all about what this scheme is and how it can support you into 2018-19 and beyond. 
THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 
11:00 - 2:00 PM  
CITY SOUTH SCT139 
Dear High Achiever 
Congratulations on your results from your first or second year of study at Birmingham City University. You are one of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences top achievers. Your excellent results mean you have become eligible to participate in the Faculty’s High Achievers Recognition Scheme (HARS). 
 
We offer our High Achievers access to face-to-face coaching and guidance, on-line support and enhancement programmes which will help you to sustain and indeed build on your success to date. We also offer networking opportunities throughout the year, master classes, mentoring, international work and study opportunities and much more. 
Feedback: 
 
“I thought you would like to know that I was speaking to {student} who has been part of HARS. I made a self-referral for her as she wasn’t achieving the required average percentage but since engaging with HARS sessions she attributes her rise in average scores at level 5 and 6 from 60’s to high 70’s and hopefully a 1st class to the techniques acquired through the HARS scheme. Thank you” 
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