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Graduation dance of joy for mother of two

04 December 2013

Chris Theobald

A single mother of two is dancing with joy having graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with a distinction in MSc in Business Management.

A single mother of two is dancing with joy having graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with a distinction in MSc in Business Management. During the ceremony, she was also awarded the course’s inaugural prize for ‘Most Outstanding Contribution on the Course’, which was sponsored by the company FDM.

Faye Ollis, 37, from Wesham in Lancashire, initially graduated with her first degree from the University of Surrey in 1998 and went on to qualify as a dance and performing arts teacher.

“I was born and bred in Kirkham, my family is based there and as you can imagine holding down a full-time job away from the region while looking after two children was a difficult juggling act.”

“I lived and worked in London and then Leamington Spa for a number of years before moving back to Lancashire in 2009,” she said.

“I was born and bred in Kirkham, my family is based there and as you can imagine holding down a full-time job away from the region while looking after two children was a difficult juggling act.”

Faye took the decision to move back to Lancashire in 2009, continuing to enjoy her love of dance by enrolling on a Zumba class. “I really enjoyed it and my teacher said I should become an instructor. I figured that studying business management at UCLan would give me the skills to help make a success of my own Zumba dance business.

“Graduating with this degree has given me a real sense of achievement. There were times when I thought I’d have to give it up but my course tutor Owen Leeds was so supportive and helped to get me through."

“Graduating with this degree has given me a real sense of achievement. There were times when I thought I’d have to give it up but my course tutor Owen Leeds was so supportive and helped to get me through. The practical aspects of the programme, such as the HR and accountancy modules, have proved to be really useful.”

After completing her course in the summer Faye’s career took a new turn when she landed a full-time Student Services Officer role at the sixth form centre of Moor Park High School & Sixth Form. “I’m really enjoying the job and it means I can finally devote more time to my own children and take some of the burden away from my parents who have been supportive for such a long time.”

Faye still teaches Zumba two nights per week and word of her dancing talents have reached the students within the Sixth Form. Faye added: “The children have asked if I’ll start up a school Zumba class and I’m only too happy to oblige.”