Woman of valor

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Lorraine Eccles, who graduated from the University’s part-time degree programme with Distinction this summer, has been rewarded for her achievements over the last year with the Fife Provost’s Prize.

The prize, now in its eleventh year, is awarded to an outstanding student who has persevered and flourished in their degree course, often in spite of challenging circumstances.

Lorraine has been awarded the Provost’s Prize in recognition of her stamina and enthusiasm in maintaining her studies, alongside a working life and the management of a chronic health condition.

In her final year of study surgery threatened to prevent her from completing her degree. However Lorraine impressed fellow students, and tutors in the Schools of Management, and Philosophical, Social Anthropological and Film Studies, by continuing to gain her degree against the odds.

Evening degree co-ordinator Nicky Haxell said:

“Lorraine exemplifies the best in Evening Degree students: hard-working, committed, intellectually curious to explore a range of academic subject areas as part of her degree. She’s promised me that she’s taking a gap year from study- and then she’ll be back to try her hand at the Maths module!”

The University of St Andrews Evening Degree is a specifically designed programme which takes mature students who may not have engaged with study recently, through a number of Arts, Science and Social Science modules to a Master of Arts or Bachelor of Science (General) Degree. The Evening Degree is a flexible programme, which enables students to study and achieve some level of specialisation in areas of particular interest to them, and to progress at their preferred pace. It also offers a supportive environment in which mature students can fulfil their academic and intellectual potential.

Anyone interested in applying to study on the Evening Degree programme should contact the Evening Degree Co-ordinator at: [email protected]

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