Students Staff

31 July 2013

Cornish woman named Career Student of the Year by University of Essex Online

Alison Butterill

Alison Butterill at her graduation ceremony at the University of Essex's Colchester Campus

Alison Butterill from Trewennack has been named Career Student of the Year by University of Essex Online after completing her Foundation degree in business and management.

She received her award at her graduation ceremony at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus.

Alison, 38, who studied for her degree by part-time distance learning with University of Essex Online, has used the knowledge gained from her course to climb the career ladder within the NHS and was recently appointed Practice Manager for one of the largest GP surgeries in Cornwall.

She beat several outstanding entrants to win this year’s prize - awarded to the student who has best used their degree to change their working life.

Speaking about her study experience, Alison said: “I have worked in general practice since leaving school, initially as a youth trainee. Whenever the next step up the ladder came forward, a degree level qualification seemed essential. Studying from home meant that I could continue working and maintain most of my family commitments. I have thoroughly enjoyed my learning and I am incredibly grateful to my family and all others who have supported me.”

Christine Clynes, Director of Student Support at University of Essex Online, said: “We always hope that our online students will use the skills gained from their degree courses to further their careers, so it has been brilliant to see Alison achieve her goal. She has been extremely committed throughout her studies, even completing coursework on holiday, and we were delighted to hear about her new job. We are very proud to recognise her accomplishment by naming her our Career Student of the Year 2013.”

University of Essex Online courses include undergraduate degrees in areas such as business, marketing, criminology and criminal justice. Students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and choose to study online part-time as it offers a flexible way to earn a degree, regardless of geographical location, work or personal commitments.

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