16th July 1999




Macauley Harvatt must surely qualify as the youngest person ever to attend a university lecture - he was just two months old.


When mature student Diane Harvatt embarked on a BA (Hons) Social Policy and Social Work degree at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside she had no idea she would emerge from it with both a 2:1 and a two-year-old son!


Baby Macauley was born at Christmas 1997, which was convenient timing for Diane as she was able to return to her studies in February.


Many women in Diane’s situation may have decided to defer their studies for a year or two but thanks to the help of Hull lecturers and her fellow students Diane was able to keep Macauley with her in class at the Cottingham Road campus.


“At one stage I did think about deferring, but I’m glad I didn’t have to,” said Diane, from Newport in Brough. “The academics were very supportive and fortunately Macauley didn’t cry much!”


Diane, who is married with an older son Daniel, took Macauley into class for a whole semester. She says she could not have done it without the help of her friend and fellow student Sally Woodcock. “She was just brilliant,” added Diane.


Diane walked straight into her new job as a probation officer in Hull where she now works alongside her friend Sally. She will graduate at Hull City Hall on Friday, 23rd July at 11am.




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