Rickesh had a spell of homelessness before establishing a not-for-profit organisation to help people in 2012. He set his mind on gaining a degree and joined the Access course at KCC in 2016 to develop his sociological understanding as well as get a university entrance qualification.

“My time at Kensington and Chelsea inspired me to have high aspirations, and teachers encouraged me to apply for Cambridge University. I would never have imagined myself even applying before but I was delighted to be accepted onto a degree in Humanities, Socilology and Political Science.”

“The teachers at KCC really turned my life around. There were around 200 students on the Access programme, but you really felt like you got individual treatment; anyone seeking one-to-one support with any project will get the help they need.”

Rickesh’s ambitions haven’t ended with studying at one of the world’s leading universities. He now intends to set up his next business, and is in the process of authoring his first book.