Graduate beats the odds with degree

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A STUDENT who has experienced the care system from both sides has graduated against the odds.

Jacqueline Evans received her 2:1 degree in early childhood studies from the University of Portsmouth.

Her journey has been far from straightforward, as she has been battling adversity since she was a child, and even became a foster carer while she was studying for her dissertation.

Jacqueline, 24, was placed into foster care at the age of seven when her mother, who is disabled, was unable to care for her properly.

Due to being moved around a lot she didn’t get on well at school, but when Jacqueline was 17 her personal advisor nominated her to receive a bursary from Isle of Wight council to train as a social worker. She then applied to study an access course at the University of Portsmouth.

Jacqueline said: ‘I am thrilled to have achieved a 2:1, especially as I have worked so hard to overcome every challenge I have faced. I now hope to continue my studies with a PGCE.’