“Even if you have limited qualifications don't rule out university. Don't be afraid to apply and show initiative."
Danielle Boothby, BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation
Mum-of-two Danielle has produced award-winning research being used to combat human trafficking after coming to Staffordshire University through Clearing.
27-year-old Danielle Boothby from Bucknall left school at 16 and never imagined she would get a degree.
She has, however, graduated with first-class honours in BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation.
Danielle volunteers as a special constable with Staffordshire Police and a friend there encouraged her to look into coming to university through Clearing.
“I didn't take A-levels or go to college. No-one in my family has been to uni before.” said Danielle.
“I didn't know anything about Clearing before my friend told me. Having a degree helps you to get a job on the force so I thought I may as well give it a go.”
Danielle called the University's Clearing hotline and her volunteering experience got her a place on the course.
Despite juggling a part-time job and having two young children, Danielle threw herself into her studies and her final project won 1st prize at the University's student exhibition GradEX.
Danielle's research investigates the UK's approach to human trafficking, examining the effectiveness of existing strategies to identify and investigate cases.
Not only did Danielle gain top marks but she became the first ever student from her course to present work at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.
“It was a great experience. It was really interesting to see all the other research from all sorts of subject areas. I made some good contacts.” she explained.
Danielle also won an award for her work from Staffordshire Police, which was presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.
Lecturer in Policing and Forensic Investigation Kenneth Raper said: “Throughout her time in the University Danielle has been a popular and involved student showing absolute commitment, drive and determination to succeed despite leading a full and demanding lifestyle.”
Danielle enjoyed the course so much that she is staying on at the University for the MSci Policing and Criminal Investigation award and is currently working with Staffordshire Police who are using her research to assess how human trafficking can be tackled in the county.
“Even if you have limited qualifications don't rule out university.” advises Danielle.
“Don’t be afraid to apply and show initiative. Sometimes having life experience and other skills can take you a long way.”
Find more information and advice about Clearing at Staffordshire University here.
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