First class degree shows single mum Lynne means business

"It was difficult at times doing a degree and looking after a child but the lecturers were really great ."

Lynne Fryer, BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Management

Despite juggling full time study with being a single parent, ambitious mum Lynne has graduated with first class honours and a new job.

Lynne Fryer, 36 from Newcastle-Under-Lyme, forged a successful career in marketing after leaving school with no A levels. When she had her daughter, Lynne seized the opportunity to boost her CV and applied to study BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Management at Staffordshire University through Clearing.

“As I was a single parent it was really difficult to work full time and look after my daughter by myself. I thought, I've got a real opportunity here to go and get qualified in a subject from an industry that I enjoy and by the time I finish she will be in school. So it was a big five year plan really!” Lynne explained.

“I did come through Clearing and it was really easy for me to apply to university. I sent them my CV so they knew my professional background but as a mature student with professional experience they were keen to get me onto the course."

During her studies, Lynne had to take time out to look after her daughter who suffered with a lung condition for first years of her life. However, thanks to hard work and support from her lecturers Lynne managed to achieve a first class degree.

“It was difficult at times doing a degree and looking after a child but the lecturers were really great in accommodating any time off and giving me time to complete the things I needed to do.”

Lynne added: “I never thought that I would get a first class degree because I'd had a lot of time off with my daughter. It was touch and go for a while but I'm really proud of myself that I managed to get a first!”

Lynne now works part time in a Digital Marketing role at Newcastle-Under-Lyme company Best of British Beer which provides her with the flexibility to spend time with her daughter and progress her career.

“They've given me school hours so I still get that flexibility to drop my daughter off at school and pick her up again. To combine professional experience and be able to look after my daughter at the same time is just perfect for me!”

From 17 August, prospective students can contact Staffordshire University for an offer on Snapchat, Facebook or Twitter. Until then, our Clearing Ambassadors will be manning social media platforms, offering live Q and As. Visitors to our dedicated Clearing webpages can find further help and advice and experience virtual tours of the University campus.

Find out more at or call our Clearing hotline on 0800 590 830.


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