A mum-of-two is putting her experiences with her children to good use, as she undertakes a PhD aimed at helping new parents.
Former Blackburn College student Vicky Fallon (29) who is eight months pregnant with her third child, was accepted straight on to a PhD after gaining a first class honours degree from University Centre at Blackburn College.
Normally students must complete a Masters before progressing to a PhD, but because of her high grades in her BSc she was able to progress straight onto a PhD with the University of Liverpool.
Vicky, who lives in Whalley, said: “I’ve just had my first piece of research published which is connected to my PhD. It’s about how pre-natal anxiety may affect a mother’s feeding choices. It’s been very apt as I’m eight months pregnant again and it’s a privilege to research something so close to my heart.
“I’m set to complete my PhD in September 2016 and I am hoping to stay on in a post-doctoral position.”
Vicky is just one of the many success stories from Blackburn College’s University Centre.
I’m set to complete my PhD in September 2016 and I am hoping to stay on in a post-doctoral positionVicky Fallon
The new figures compiled by the national Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education data and the College show that for the third year running record numbers of students are establishing successful career paths.
Blackburn College is attributing the accomplishment to a number of factors, including their strong links with local employers and a curriculum which encourages placements and work-based learning. The large and varied curriculum offer enables students to continue their studies the College’s University Centre allowing for lengthier, all-year-round placements and timetables that support part-time work.
Earlier this year the College was praised for Higher Education by the Quality Assurance Agency, which monitors the quality of education at universities and colleges across the country.
Vicky added: “I went to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School but had a gap in studies before I started my degree. I had two children during my degree, Sophie (5), and Lucy (4). I got absolutely fantastic support during my degree – including taking a couple of assignment extensions as they were at the same time as my due date.
“Everything I needed University Centre at Blackburn College helped with and although my tutor James Waterhouse was quite young at the time, he took everything in his stride. I got a high First Class Honours degree and I wouldn’t have got that classification if it hadn’t have been for the support he gave.
“The University of Liverpool accepted me based on my high grades during my BSc and my First Class Honours degree – the fact that the degree was approved by UK Top 10 Lancaster University stood me in good stead. I was really lucky to get a PhD in a Russell Group university.”