A mum from Irthlingborough has been awarded a scholarship for a part-time law degree.
Lauren House, of Irthlingborough, is the first recipient of the Purcell Scholarship for the University of Buckingham’s four-year part-time law degree (LLB).
The 26-year-old single mum has started studying law thanks to Purcell Solicitors, Milton Keynes, who have offered the scholarship for the first time.
Lauren, whose has a son Charlie, 7, said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded the scholarship. It is a real privilege and I am extraordinarily grateful to Pauline Purcell and the University for offering me this opportunity.”
The Purcell Scholarship is worth 50 per cent of the annual fees of £3,498 over all four years of the programme.
Pauline Purcell, the founder and managing director of Purcell Solicitors, is one of the earliest graduates of the programme.
Lauren said: “Law is something I’ve always been interested in, and thought it would help my career. I also think it sets a good example for my little boy if he sees mummy studying.”
Lauren works for timber and building merchants Travis Perkins, Northampton, and has also previously worked on the turnstiles at the Northampton Saints rugby ground.
She added: “I’m hoping to meet new people, develop myself personally, set a good example to my son, and challenge myself.
“I was attracted to the University of Buckingham by the unique way the course is structured to allow an element of face to face teaching alongside the flexibility of distance learning - it was the only course I could find like it. It’s flexible enough to fit in with a hectic life like mine, but still has the strong support of the lecturers and other students - the best of both worlds.”