20th November 2002




A female student from the University of Lincoln has been awarded an accolade for academic excellence.


Helen Raeburn, a final-year BA English student, was chosen from a number of candidates to receive the annual award offered by the Lincolnshire Association of Women Graduates.


The award – an annual bursary – was set up four years ago by the association and is given to a Lincolnshire woman who is mid-way through her degree course and has achieved academic excellence.


Helen (30) of Millstream Road, Heighington was nominated by her tutor Dr Philip Redpath whose supporting statement revealed that a consistently high standard of work had been produced in conjunction with family responsibilities – Helen gave birth to a baby boy, Brandon, during the second year of her course.


The bursary – book tokens worth £50 – was presented to Helen in front of her classmates during a lesson last week by Christine Kassell-Smith and Jean Syson, president of the Lincolnshire Association of Women Graduates.


“It is quite challenging to look after a baby and study for a degree but I really didn’t want to give up the course,” said Helen. “I was really surprised to be nominated for the award and even more surprised to be selected.” 


Dr Redpath said: “I’m very pleased that Helen was awarded the bursary. She’s worked hard and produces work of a high standard whilst coping with demanding family commitments.”


The Lincolnshire Association of Women Graduates is affiliated to the British Federation of Women Graduates which was established nearly 100 years ago to promote women’s opportunities in education and public life.


“When the association was originally set up very few women attended university and even fewer had senior management roles,” said Jean. “Now I believe over 50% of undergraduates here at the university are women.”



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Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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