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Lynn Cuthbertson

BSc (Hons) Sociology with Integrated Foundation Year


BSc (Hons) Sociology student Lynn Cuthbertson would encourage anyone with doubts about going to university to attend an open day. She received the expert help and advice she needed as a mature student to take the leap and go for it, enrolling on our Integrated Foundation Year version of the course.

Although I had a rough idea of what I wanted to study, I was in two minds. Attending the University Open Day really opened my eyes and I was so encouraged by sitting down and talking to the tutors that any doubts I did have were dispelled. I was really impressed by the facilities and surprised at how relaxed I felt. That spurred me on to just go for it.

I’ve undertaken courses before but I never thought I was good enough to do a degree; I didn’t know I had what it takes. To me, university was for young, clever people, but as soon as I started I thought: why didn’t I do this sooner?

The Integrated Foundation Year route into the course is ideal for someone like me who doesn’t have the traditional entry requirements, as it allowed me to get the points I needed to progress onto the degree course.

The tutors make it so interesting and involve everyone in sharing their viewpoints and opinions. When you get to my age, you have a lot of life experience and can apply that to your learning. The course really works as there is such a broad mix of people with different views and experiences. It’s every aspect of everyone’s life that affect us all, that affect society and you can apply your own experience to that.

I thought I would be everyone’s mother but there are so many people in the same situation as me and I’ve made loads of friends. The support is brilliant and the tutors are so approachable, always making time for you, which I found invaluable. I’d never done a presentation in my life so I was mortified when I got a First for it!

I’m really interested in working with people who have been through domestic abuse, or people who have been through homelessness, for example, anyone who has gone through an injustice or inequality – people who need a voice. I can use things that have happened to me in my life in a positive way to help them.

It’s the most frightening but most amazing thing I’ve ever done. It’s a challenge and it’s hard work but I love it. I don’t regret signing up at all. I love coming to university.”

Published 15 July 2017

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