Lisa Hodson graduated at Worcester Cathedral following a year which saw her complete her degree as her children sat major exams.
The 45 year-old mother-of-three attained a First Class Honours degree in Education Studies – an achievement made all the more impressive given the fact that, in the final years of her studies, she was supporting her children through their A-level and GCSE exams.
The theme of education is still prevalent in Lisa’s life – she now works as a Pastoral/Transition Worker for The Bridge Training and Development, an organisation which helps children and young people to re-engage with the education system.
“We provide a nurturing environment and deliver vocationally relevant qualifications such as animal care, construction and horticulture. My role is to ensure learners’ welfare, attendance and targets are being met and any changes or transitions are handled sensitively,” Lisa explains.
“Being able to tailor the degree to focus on special educational needs was particularly relevant for the work I wanted to be involved in.”
Lisa says that going back into the classroom as a mature student is something she would highly recommend.
“I have loved every minute of my time at the University,” she says. “I would recommend it to anyone, and particularly mature students who, like me, felt they didn't get chance to demonstrate their true potential at school."
“The support from lecturers and support staff was fantastic. The building and facilities are modern and clean, and the atmosphere is vibrant.”