Public Services graduate, Tara, shares her experience
Tara chose the University of Central Lancashire to study BA (Hons) Public Services because she felt the course met her needs. Tara said: “I picked the Public Services course because of the breadth and depth of the subject and the flexibility of choosing a range of optional modules to tailor the degree to suit my interests.
She added: “It is very applied and practical as it covers a whole range of public services from government, police service, social work and the NHS.”
During her studies, Tara volunteered as a peer mentor and received the Peer Mentor of the Year award, something she is very proud of.
After graduation, Tara undertook an MSc Psychology at UCLan. As a master’s student, Tara took the opportunity to deliver lectures and help in a hate crime conference and alongside her studies, Tara volunteered for Preston Samaritans. In 2017, she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor award for helping the community.
With an interest in mental health and wellbeing, Tara went on to study for a PGCert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Tara has gone from strength to strength in her academic journey and is currently doing a full-time PhD at UCLan on the qualitative exploration of the experience of complex post- traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) in female military army war veterans. This involves interviewing female veterans who have C-PTSD and data analysis.
"At UCLan there will always be lecturers and student services to share your downs with, so you don’t have to go through it alone"— Tara Kenyon, BA (Hons) Public Services and MSc Psychology graduate
Alongside her studies, Tara has excelled in sports and represented Gibraltar in the Island Games in Gotland 2017 and Gibraltar 2019.
Reflecting on her time at University, Tara said: “My lasting memories will always be how supportive and helpful lecturers and the student services were. I will also remember all the friends I made in table tennis and the STFSC gym.”
When asked about what advice Tara would give to future students wanted to study public services or something similar, she said: “Keep to a broad degree first to widen your perspective. Then you can develop more of an understanding of what you want to specialise in within the degree or at postgraduate level. If you are thinking of further study, it is a marathon not a sprint with its ups and downs.
She continued: “At UCLan there will always be lecturers and student services to share your downs with, so you don’t have to go through it alone.”