KBSA and Quooker help student complete Bucks New Uni kitchen degree

The KBSA has helped a student on the Buckinghamshire New University kitchen design degree complete her final year with the support of corporate member Quooker.

Student Denise Pinnegar (pictured) received funding from The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) for her second year, but was unable to secure the financial assistance she needed for her third and final year of the course.

She contacted the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA) and although they have funds set aside to help students, she was unable to benefit from these as she is located in the Republic of Ireland.

The KBSA contacted several corporate members on her behalf and Quooker responded straight away, offering the financial support that Pinnegar needed.

Denise Pinnegar

Quooker managing director Stephen Johnson said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to support Denise and ensure she can complete her course. The Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design is a well-regarded professional qualification for our industry, which provides students with a fantastic education. We are proud to be playing a part in the continuing education of designers and hope that others in the industry will join us in supporting others.”

Commenting on Quooker’s support for their student, Kitchen Design course leader Jayne Hall Cunnick added: “I continue to be overwhelmed with the amazing goodwill and industry support we have received for our kitchen design degrees. We received a commendation during our recent academic validation panel for our industry engagement within the courses, and without the support we receive from the KBSA and the wider industry such as Quooker, Symphony Group and many others, we would not be able to provide such a comprehensive balance of knowledge and expertise for our students. The students benefit greatly from both the intellectual generosity and the financial support from industry and long may it continue.”

Any students wishing to apply for a bursary can contact the KBSA for further information.

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