Lucy is reaping rewards from her life-changing decision

Published: August 10, 2020

Why did I enrol at Telford College? Because I decided I wanted to do something with my life,” says mature student Lucy Hill.

And she most certainly has. The 34-year-old, from Malinslee, has graduated with a BSc honours degree in forensic science after signing up on Telford College’s Access To Higher Education programme.

“I am a disabled person who is also the parent of a young child, but I was able to juggle it all,” she said. “Graduating with a 2:1 degree is fantastic.

Lucy Hill from Malinslee, who is hoping to become a teacher

“Currently I’m having a break from studying, but my eventual goal is to go back and do a PGCE in science so I can go on to become a teacher.”

Telford College access tutor Jay Patel said the team were delighted for Lucy, who topped up her studies to degree level at the University of Wolverhampton.

“She worked hard and was always determined to go to university and complete a degree course.

“She was fully supported, at college and during sessions, which allowed her to fully participate in practical sessions.

“Maintaining communication when Lucy was unable to attend college, meant that she was supported with her work so that she was always up to date.

“Her positive attitude towards her studies and lively personality, made it a pleasure to have been part of Lucy’s journey.

“Her story demonstrates that goals are achievable, whatever your personal circumstances may be.”

Enrolment is now under way for Telford College’s next round of access to higher education courses, which include specialist areas such as social science, science, and health professionals. More details can be found at www.telfordcollege.ac.uk

Caroline Bastow, learner manager for higher education and access at Telford College, said: “Our Access to HE courses really can change people’s lives, with funding available in certain cases, and a wide range of career progression opportunities.”