18th July 2003

 

ONE DEGREE AND TWO CHILDREN FOR BUSY STUDENT

 

Supermum Renata Bowler had two children while studying at the University of Lincoln but she still managed to come out with a first-class degree and a prize for outstanding performance.

 

Renata (30), who is originally from Hungary, heard shed been offered a place at the university just a day after shed found out she was expecting her first child.

 

With her husband working in London all week, Renata managed to combine looking after baby Matthew with studying Management and Information Systems.

 

But when she fell pregnant again it was a complete surprise, and she was faced with the prospect of completing her final year while looking after two small children.

 

Luckily her mother took time off from work and came over from Hungary to help look after Matthew (now two) and Max (now seven months).

 

On Wednesday 30th July (7.30pm) Renata will graduate with first-class honours at Lincoln Cathedral, where she will also be awarded the Lincoln School of Management Prize for Outstanding Performance on Undergraduate Programmes.

 

I wasnt very confident about being accepted at university because Im Hungarian and it had been eight years since Id taken my A-levels, said Renata, who lives in North Muskham near Newark.

 

But then the day after I found out that I was expecting Matthew I got a letter saying Id been accepted onto the course.

 

I was a bit worried but I thought it would be nice to try to take the course while I was pregnant. Im not the sort of person who would just sit around waiting for her tummy to grow!

 

Im quite sensible and I wanted to finish my degree before having any more children, she says. My second son Max came as a surprise but a nice one!

 

Now that shes completed her degree Renata plans to join her husband full-time in his software consultancy business.

 

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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042) email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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