"The academic skills people at the open day were great. I was really worried about my age and would I be able to start studying again. They were really encouraging in me applying for the degree."
BA (Hons) Alison Briggs
After raising two sons, and watching them head to university, Alison Briggs felt the time was right to pursue her dreams to study BA (Hons) Sociology.
Alison, 52, from Stone worked as an early years practitioner for Stoke-on-Trent City Council for 14 years but wanted to achieve more.
She said: "I’d always wanted to do a degree, it was something that I didn’t do when I was 18, and I’d always said that I would one day. It was a huge challenge for me, not least the technology but I had enormous support from my husband and my sons and from the University."
Her concerns about studying were put to rest when she attended an Open Day. "The academic skills people at the open day were great. I was really worried about my age and would I be able to start studying again. They were really encouraging in me applying for the degree."
Having achieved a First, and after working as a research assistant on a project with Sociology lecturer Emma Temple-Malt, Alison has opted to continue her studies at University of Manchester in September to study a Masters in Sociological Research.
"I hope to continue with my undergraduate dissertation research exploring food poverty and possibly a PhD after that."
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