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Student Profiles

The Trust has made awards to over forty two deserving students from the Merseyside region since it was set up in 2003. Here’s more about what these students did with their awards, and what it meant to them:

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I am a thirty nine year old single mother of two children. I have been interested in doing a psychology degree for over fifteen years. Since working in a law firm I found myself becoming more and more fascinated in people’s behaviour but due to work commitments and starting a family it was never the right time to return to education until now. Both my children are at high school and I felt now was the right time to apply. I have spent the last three years at college gaining the necessary qualifications that I needed to gain a place at University. Alongside attending college I have worked at the local children’s hospital where I have obtained an NVQ 11 and 111 in Health and Social Care. Whilst at college I have achieved A* GCSE in Psychology, grade C GCSE in Mathematics and Grade A level Psychology.

I was offered places at Liverpool University, Liverpool John Moore and Edge Hill. I have chosen to attend Edge Hill University as it is not too far from where I live and the facilities and course content were very pleasing to me. Due to financial and family commitments I will have to continue with my job during my degree.  I will, however,  have to reduce my hours in order to fit my degree course in.  The financial assistance The John Moran Trust has afforded me will enable me to bridge the gap of dropping my hours, enabling me to focus on my academic studies rather than working overtime to make ends meet. I will leave University with debt which is inevitable but I see this as an investment in both mine and my children’s future. Without the help of the John Moran Trust I feel University would have been a financial struggle. I would like to thank the John Moran Trust for their generosity and assistance and hopefully this will give me the extra help I need to succeed. 

Once again I would like to thank you for choosing me to receive this award. It is greatly appreciated.

I have just finished my first year on a Psychology undergraduate degree course.  At first I was totally overwhelmed by University experience.  The first six to eight weeks were very stressful as not only was I focusing on my lectures and taking in all the new syllabus and learning new topics I was also having to find my way around University and learning how to navigate my way around the online facilities at University in order to print off lecture slides and assignment details.  I also got a bit confused when I looked at my reading list as I thought I had to read every book on the list but soon learnt that this wasn't the case and the books on the list were there as a guide as to which books would be useful for my first year.  After the first couple of months I finally started to settle and once I had received an assignment back and got my first grade I started to feel more at ease as for the first few weeks I doubted whether I would be good enough and was unsure as to what was expected of me.  That feeling did quickly subside once I started receiving work back and realising that I was capable.  I love being at University and I like the feeling of being around people who want to learn and are eager to succeed, it costs a lot of money to go to University so you should really make the most of your time there.  Looking back at the last year I would say that it has gone so quickly and organisation is key, keeping your notes, lecture printouts and doing assignments in plenty of time before they are due makes the whole experience less stressful and allows you to enjoy it more and get the best out of yourself.   The John Moran Educational Trust Fund has been a great help to myself, being a single parent with financial commitments. It has enabled me to work less hours in my part-time job and focus more on my studies and as the years progress this will be of a huge help as the degree progresses and becomes more in depth enabling me to commit more of my time to my academic studies helping me to achieve the best possible grade in my degree.

I was always under the impression, from conversations I had had with other friends and work colleagues who had been to university, that second year was the hardest. Now I have finished year two I feel it was less stressful than first year. Second year for me was about getting the best possible grades, as now the grades count towards my degree, and that was all I had to concentrate on whereas first year there was so much to take in and so much to concentrate on as everything was new so second year was far less stressful for me. The work, obviously, is harder as it is a level up but I feel I have found my stride and can see how my skills are developing. I only had exams at the end of the first semester in my second year, just after Christmas, with just assignments in the second semester. I have really enjoyed this year and am really looking forward to year three and getting my teeth into my dissertation as I have been able to choose an area I am really interested in. I will be sad when my degree has finished and I am already thinking of possible further study at maybe a Masters level as I have enjoyed my time at University so much.

My final year at university has been my favourite year I felt that I had all the necessary skills to tackle my biggest piece of work, my dissertation. I also felt that in this final year I became an independent learner. Fortunately the modules I chose this year meant that I had exams at Christmas and then none in the summer so this allowed me to commit a lot more of my time and energy to my dissertation. I think in your final year you have to be really strict with yourself and be totally committed to your studying. I spent less time this year in lectures and therefore had to direct a lot of my own studying.

I feel I have grown as a person is so many ways not only from being more knowledgeable about the field of Psychology but in so many areas of my life such as meeting deadlines, managing my personal life, work life and student life and feeling that actually when you put your mind to it you really can achieve a lot. Now I have finished university I also feel a little bit lost and the thought of my days off from work actually being days off and not having to worry about deadlines or word counts actually fills me with dread. I am used to being very busy so I am wondering what I am going to do to fill in all the empty hours. In view of this I have now changed to working full time. I have also begun to volunteer with a mental health charity to gain some valuable and necessary experience so that I may pursue my chosen career.

I have loved being at University and I am so sad that it is over. I have made so many great friends that I would never have met if I had not gone to university and for that I am very thankful. I would advise anyone to go to university as it not only expands your mind but increases your self- confidence and helps you develop skills you wouldn't have anticipated.

I am also so thankful to the John Moran Educational Trust for all their support throughout the past three years. I am a single parent with two children and therefore the financial side of undertaking a degree was always a concern for me as now, at the age of forty two, I have student debt. However, the financial support I have received from the John Moran Trust has been such a great help that I cannot thank everyone at the Trust enough for choosing to help and support me over the past three years.

Thank you so very much.