Graduate celebrates securing student enrichment role at partner college

30th September 2019

A graduate from Solihull College & University Centre is excited to give something back to students after securing a new role at the College’s partner Stratford-upon-Avon College.

Emma Webb, 39 from Yardley Wood, has secured a role with the College’s student enrichment team, arranging events and working with the student voice.

Prior to studying at Solihull College & University Centre, Emma worked in retail and then in administration for the NHS. Deciding she wanted a change, she enrolled at the College in 2015 on her degree programme. She was delighted to receive a 2.1 result in July and is also excited about the prospect of having her dissertation published in ‘Reinvention’ – an international journal of undergraduate research.

Using her own personal experience, Emma’s dissertation focussed on the barriers that mature students face after beginning College. Studying for 2 years at the College’s Blossomfield Campus and 2 years in Warwick, Emma’s journey was not easy. She suffered a serious health scare in her final year, but persevered with the course all whilst juggling her responsibilities as a working mum to 4 children.

“Going to college was the best decision I ever made,” Emma states. “I had no confidence whatsoever when I started but as I progressed I went on to become digital skills mentor, student rep and student ambassador. It built my confidence tremendously. I was petrified but pushed myself. It’s why I am now working with students!”

Emma will be doing her masters in Career Development and Coaching Studies at Warwick and working part time at the College alongside it. Emma’s daughter has also been inspired by her mum and is now hoping to go to university to study next year.

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