members of the Trust’s Integrated Rapid Response Team
have graduated from Sheffield Hallam University.
Astbury, 64, and Stephanie Bower, 53, both Clinical Support Workers, completed
their Foundation Degrees in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care
graduated separately earlier this month – Stephanie’s ceremony was held on 2
November at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, while Sonia’s was held at the New York
Stadium on 12 November.
said: “We are both mature students returning to study after 30 plus years and
both had the most fantastic day at our graduation ceremonies. We just felt we
wanted all those who helped us to feel as proud as we do to have finished our
said completing their degrees while working through the pandemic was a
challenge but with support and thanks to colleagues and Graham Travis, Learning
and Development, Apprenticeships Manager, they made it through.
am elated about passing the course and excited at what the future holds,” said
Stephanie. “Hopefully I would like to continue some form of study either to
obtain a Registered Nursing Degree or the top-up course to the full BSc
husband and sons think it’s fantastic and joined me on graduation day to
celebrate. They have been very supportive throughout and feel very proud. They
are also grateful I can now take full part in all the household chores!”
said: “It was a lovely event. My graduation had been cancelled twice due to the
flooding in 2019 and then due to the Covid pandemic, so it was a long time
coming, so to say.
family are so proud of what I have achieved as a mature student. My motto, now
having got my foundation degree, is onward and upward.”