16th July 1999




Most students find university study a hard slog but three women overcame what many would perceive as insurmountable difficulties to achieve their degrees at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Joanne Balmforth, Sarah Ward and Yolanda Allott are now great friends and they all juggled study on the BA (Hons) Architecture degree programme with family commitments.


The women all began their academic careers at Bishop Burton College on the Interior Design programme before converting their diplomas to join the second year of the architecture course at ULH’s city centre campus.


All that hard work and dedication certainly paid off for Joanne, of Wray Close, Beverley, who gained a first class honours degree and the Allied Dunbar Award for Outstanding Achievement.


The 31-year-old mother of two boys found the course a great challenge but great fun too. “It was just brilliant - I really enjoyed the course and made some great friends,” said Joanne. “I’m hoping to go back to study for the Bachelor of Architecture next year after my work placement.”


Sarah Ward, 26, from Brantingham has two young children but was quite determined to complete the programme, which she did with flying colours.


On the day she heard news of her 2:1, which was just a few points away from a first, Sarah found out she would receive the Cliff Hansford Prize for Endeavour at the awards ceremony at Hull City Hall.


Sarah has won funding to create a work of art for a possible new sculpture park at St Andrew’s Quay which she hopes will be the first of many.


Yolanda Allott, of Tickton, Beverley, has three children and is absolutely thrilled to be graduating with a 2:1.


All three women will graduate at Hull City Hall on 21st July at 2.15pm.




Sam Hendley, Press Officer. Tel: 01522 886244.