When progressive heart disease forced Julie Davies out of her job with the Royal Mail, she decided, aged 30, to get her life back on track by signing up for an adult learner programme at Priestley College, which has led her on a journey to winning a British Psychological Society Prize.
Ten years on from the initial Level 2 Literacy, Numeracy and CLAIT courses, Julie has gained a First Class Honours BSc in Applied Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University – studying part-time while bringing up two children – and aims to become a clinical psychologist. Glennis Hassall, her nominator and first tutor all those years ago, said, “Julie felt she was on the scrapheap. She has a huge personality, which I believe to some extent masked her lack of selfconfidence.” But the keys to success were her ‘have a go’ mentality. “She also has a generosity to contribute time and effort to others who find themselves in the same boat as herself, and to the local community.”
Julie said hard work and determination helped her excel at her studies and win the British Psychological Society Prize as the outstanding graduate at her university.
“My learning journey has made an incredible difference to my life and, as an advocate of lifelong learning, I expect it will continue to do so.”