17th January 2005




A tuba-playing former nun will be graduating next week with a masters degree from the University of Lincoln.


Lettra Auckland (58) will graduate with a masters degree in Social and Public Policy and Practice having formerly spent eight years as a nun in Exeter and Belper.


She later moved to Australia for six years with her parents but returned to the UK in 1980 after her father was injured in a car accident.


She completed an Advanced Certificate in Learning Support at Newark and Sherwood College and went on to achieve a PGCE qualification allowing her to teach.


Lettra also took a keen interest in brass instruments and has become a valued member of the Lincoln Beevor Band, in which she plays the tuba.


She has always dreamt of studying at university and her dream was fulfilled after she was confirmed a place on her desired course at Lincoln within just 30 minutes. “Sometimes doors open and you are just meant to walk through them,” she said.


“It was really rather extraordinary that I could enquire about a course and then be accepted onto it within half an hour. I have spoken to several other mature students at the university and no-one else seems to have been accepted with such ease.”


Lettra’s graduation concludes her fifth year of academic study at university, but she hasn’t finished yet – she will meet with academics later in the week to discuss the possibility of continuing her study with a PhD.


She aims to follow the works of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship and its contributions to the schooling system.


She will receive her masters degree at Lincoln Cathedral at 11.30am on Wednesday 26th January 2005.



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