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Emma Wilcock

For many students, managing their time whilst at university can be a delicate balancing act, but Emma Wilcock, who graduated with a degree in Education Studies, took the art of time management to new levels. 

The 35 year-old juggled her studies, a full-time job as a music teacher, organising events for Macmillan Cancer Support and looking after her five-year old daughter, Alice, during her time at university.

Despite admitting, unsurprisingly, that the experience was ‘a challenge’, she says that her three years at university have been beneficial in a number of different ways.

“Being in this learning environment has been both inspirational and life-changing for me,” Emma says. “It has changed me as a person; I now believe that anything is possible and have become a stronger, more confident person.”

In the future, Emma hopes to complete her teacher training studies; she currently works for the Solihull Music Service, teaching Key Stage 2 children.

She continues: “I have been able to relate my own learning experiences to my everyday practice. I now feel more informed and confident, and being a learner myself has kept me in touch with my own students’ experiences as it has highlighted the challenges they face.”

Gareth Dart, Course Leader for Education Studies, adds: “Emma is a great example of a student who, through dedication and commitment, has made the most of the learning opportunities and tutorial support on offer at the University of Worcester to develop her skills and interests and take her career to a new level.”