A motivated graduate of University Courses Burnley is celebrating achieving a special award, presented at the prestigious graduation ceremony at Burnley Mechanics.
The Academic Excellence Award recognised outstanding performance and achievement of a student completing a UCLan Burnley programme.
It was awarded to Fiona Sharples (54), from Burnley, who completed a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Mental Health Pathway). Fiona works in the field of palliative care at Airedale Hospital and is committed to lifelong learning and gaining additional qualifications.
The special award marked her dedication to her studies and her application to carrying out additional, independent research.
Fiona, who worked in the catering industry before switching to a career in the health sector, said:
“I wish I had had the chance to do this years ago, when I dreamed of becoming a Social Worker but the opportunities and support were simply not there for me at that time. I have loved returning to learning and have really enjoyed my degree course: I’m certainly going to carry on learning now.”
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