A TEACHER has been honoured by Oxford University for the inspirational role she played for one of her former students.

Timothy Woods who is now studying at Oxford nominated Bal Dhillon, a maths lecturer at Bracknell and Wokingham College.

The college is one of 10 state school teachers recognised in Oxford’s annual Inspirational Teachers Awards.

Bal said: ‘I was genuinely honoured to receive my nomination for this award, particularly considering that in his busiest and most exciting time, Tim thought to reflect on what had enabled him to reach his potential.

"Tim’s words are hugely appreciated, although I would not be nearly as effective in my job without the support of the great team I work within at the college.

"Tim was a joy to teach, and I hope his time with us has prepared him well for university life."

Timothy, 19, from Bracknell, is studying maths and statistics at Mansfield College, Oxford.

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Timothy Woods

He said: “Bal was the first person to recognise that I had the potential to come to Oxford..

"Not many students from my college make it to Oxford, but Bal set me off on that road, and now here I am.

"Bal did everything she could to help me get into Oxford, and she deserves this award because of her incredible teaching and willingness to go the extra mile.

"I have many people to thank for coming to Oxford, but I owe her the most."

The Inspirational Teachers scheme recognises the crucial role teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges.

A selection of current first-year Oxford undergraduates were asked to nominate teachers or careers advisers who inspired them to apply to Oxford, fostered their passion for a particular subject, or supported them through the application process.

The students were all from selected UK state schools or colleges with a limited history and tradition of sending students to Oxford.

The winning teachers will receive their awards at a ceremony held at Oxford’s St Peter’s College on Friday, May 19.