Laura Owen is graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic and Applied Biology, having returned to higher education later in life.
“Before studying at the University of Worcester, I had spent a 17-year career in childcare where I had been fortunate enough to work both here and abroad including Egypt and Portugal,” said Laura. “After living in London for 7 years and starting my own family, I decided it was time for a career change, an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and face completely new challenges.”
Laura completed an Access to Higher Education qualification at Kidderminster College before joining the University.
“I found myself rather anxious about returning to education in my mid 30s but soon realised how supportive fellow students are of each other, along with tutors who realise how dedicated and passionate mature students are towards their studies,” she said. “Studying at the University of Worcester was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
During her degree, Laura volunteered for two years with West Mercia Police within their Forensic Enhancement Laboratory, and after completing her studies secured the role of Forensic Scene Investigator with West Midlands Police.
Speaking about this week’s graduations she said: “It is brilliant to finally be able to experience the ceremony and celebrate my achievement alongside family and friends. A year on from completing my degree, I am looking forward to being able to properly congratulate my cohort on their achievement, discover their paths following uni, and thank my outstanding lecturers for their support, guidance, and vast knowledge shared during my time studying with them."