23rd January 2006




Mental health worker Karen Austin has double reason to celebrate next week.


Karen, who works at the Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation in Mansfield, will receive her masters degree from the University of Lincoln at Lincoln Cathedral on Wednesday (25th January).


Her academic success comes just days after she auditioned as a vocalist for a local rock band and got the job!


“It looks like life is beginning at 41 for me!” joked Karen, who is the Mental Health Workforce and Service Development Lead for Lincolnshire based at CCAWI, part of the University of Lincoln.


“Next week I will graduate with a masters degree in Social and Public Policy and I am just about to enrol for my PhD to conduct research into mental health services for older people.


“My New Year’s resolution, as I am working very hard in the day job and also starting my PhD, was to have something for myself as well.


“I used to sing years ago so I responded to an email from a band looking for a female vocalist, had an audition last week and got in!”


Local band Plastic Jack perform rock covers from the 70s to the present day and Karen, who lives in North Hykeham, is looking forward to her debut in the spring.


“Now I’ve got everything - a job I love, a research project I am passionate about, the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd!”


The University of Lincoln’s postgraduate awards ceremony takes place at Lincoln Cathedral at 11.30am on Wednesday 25th January. Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.



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01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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