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Once, twice, three times a graduate

Graduation ceremonies have become the norm for Emma Harvey, 34, who has received her third degree award.

Emma was one of the first students to begin a course in 2007. She has since graduated with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Psychology in 2010, a PGCE in Teacher Training in 2011 and today, with an MA in Childhood and Youth Studies, bringing five consecutive years of study to an end.

She is currently a lecturer on the level 3 child care course at Suffolk New College, a position she has held since completing the initial teacher training programme in 2011, but over the past year Emma has been working part-time whilst completing her Masters.

"When I began my undergraduate degree my goal was to go into teaching at FE level, and so I have reached my goal. However, the Masters degree was for my own personal development and my passion for learning," Emma said.

With a clear passion for learning, it doesnt look she will stop there either.

"I would love to complete my PhD, and I have been offered a place at the University of Essex to study at PhD level."

Speaking positively about her experiences, Emma describes how being able to study for a degree in her home county has benefited her.

"I am Suffolk born and bred, having lived in Ipswich all my life. My children go to school here, my husband works in Ipswich and my entire family live here, so to relocate was not an option. However, I had such a positive experience as a student I knew I did not want to study anywhere else. I have always felt welcome and valued as a part of the university, and the lecturers are respectful and approachable. I have especially enjoyed being part of the first cohort of the new MA course and would recommend Postgraduate study to anyone thinking of self or professional development. I would also recommend studying here to anyone. The new facilities are amazing, and the academic staff are fantastic. It has been the best experience of my life, and I am so pleased of my achievements."