Case Study

Holly Robinson

When young mum Holly Robinson failed to achieve her grades she thought it was the end of the road for her dreams on studying at university. But a call to the University of Sunderland’s Clearing hotline changed everything – she went on to graduate with a First in Community and Youth Work Studies, and now has her dream job as a Family Support Worker.

After not getting the grades I hoped for I was in despair. I had always wanted to go to university, and I felt it was something that couldn’t happen now.

The University of Sunderland is an excellent place, with great support and high-quality teaching available. They were able to play to everyone’s strengths, and took into account my personal circumstances when planning their timetable.

The course was very family-friendly, and financially I received funding to help me pay for childcare.

I now work in a supported accommodation for women with substance misuse problems and their families, and I thoroughly enjoy my job. It is challenging, but I go home each day knowing that I have made a real difference to the lives of others.

I would never have imagined when I received my A-Level results that I would be happy in an amazing career – and now here I am.”

Published 15 August 2017

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