Former foster child now helping others

Chris Doyle, now on a graduate internship at Sheffield Hallam University
Chris Doyle, now on a graduate internship at Sheffield Hallam University
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A man who spent his teenage years in foster care is helping other students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Chris Hoyle nearly dropped out of university because of personal problems, but is now undertaking a graduate internship at Sheffield Hallam’s student services department.

The 27-year-old also volunteers for the pre-enrolment services department where he draws on his experiences to encourage looked-after children to go into higher education.

He said: “My experience at Sheffield Hallam has changed the course of my life.

“My tutor provided an open and supportive atmosphere for me to talk about my issues and it is down to this intervention that helped me to successfully complete my course. I have a lot of pride in working for an organisation that understands a care leaver sometimes needs a helping hand even to see themselves go to university.”