A single mum of four who has achieved a top degree in criminology, while also bringing up a daughter with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, has said how attending university can change your life.
Nichola Little, from Wixams, attained a First Class Honours at the University of Bedfordshire this year and also won a prize for being the best performing student in her faculty.
She achieved these results while having to look after daughter Lene, 10, who is “always smiling” even though she cannot speak, has to wear splints, and wakes up every few hours during the night.
Nichola said: “At times it was very difficult. Looking back now I really don’t know how I did it.
“If you really, really want something, and you put everything into it, you’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it
Nichola, 29, was also presented with the Dean’s Prize for the best performance across the health and social sciences faculty at her graduation ceremony.
As she doesn’t drive, her challenge was harder, having to send children to childminders at 7am, before boarding a bus from Wixams to Bedford and then taking a train into Luton.
She said: “It was a bit of a balancing act. I certainly didn’t have much of a social life during those three years!
“I absolutely loved university though and made lots of new friends at Bedfordshire.”
Now enjoying a well-earned break, Nichola plans to return to uni to complete a Masters.