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Not such a beauty school drop-out

29 July 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Beauty therapist with a thirst for learning achieves UCLan degree in Education  

Pic: Sarrina Jones celebrating her graduation from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

A hairdresser and beauty therapist has swapped her scissors for school stationery after a thirst for learning brought her back to the classroom.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate Sarrina Jones balanced studying part-time for her BA(Hons) Education and Professional Studies with a working life that comprised of days in the salon and days teaching at a local girls’ school.

While completing her Certificate in Education three years earlier, she was delighted to have her work published in the UCLan journal, a factor she attributes to confirming her desire to keep learning.

Sarrina, from Mawdesley, said: “I really liked the research elements of study and to be published in the UCLan journal was such an achievement and gave me such a boost about my capabilities.

 

“I equally love being in the salon and teaching in the classroom as well so the course at UCLan enabled me to continue doing all the things I’m passionate about.”

“I jumped at the chance to continue studying when I found out about the education degree at UCLan. Having dealt with some of the tutors previously; it just seemed like a natural stage of progression. Logistically it also helped as I was able to continue working, which was important to me.”

Now having recently graduated, Sarrina will continue to split her time between the salon and Flixston Girls’ School, both of whom have been supportive of her decision to study part-time.

She also hopes that her learning career continues and she would be keen to take part in more research projects that she can apply to her practical work.

 

“I love learning so I definitely hope to pick it up again at some stage. I would ideally like to do a Masters in Education.”

Sarrina added: “I love learning so I definitely hope to pick it up again at some stage. I would ideally like to do a Masters in Education.

“My family and employers have been really supportive and while it was a bit stressful balancing work and study, it helped me massively in my day-to-day roles. I equally love being in the salon and teaching in the classroom as well so the course at UCLan enabled me to continue doing all the things I’m passionate about.”

She was among 4,500 UCLan graduates who received their awards at Preston’s Guild Hall.