Kelly Pirie graduated with a BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies recently, despite having to deal with bereavement as well as her mum being diagnosed with cancer.

Kelly PirieKelly, who is the first person in her family to graduate from university, said: "It was such a worrying time for all of us but thankfully, my mum's treatment was successful. It's been a really stressful time but I'm glad I stuck with the course and I'm now hoping to join the police force."

Kelly thanks University staff for all their help. She added, "My course leader Dave Cox and personal tutor Stephen Vertigans were really understanding and their support made sure that I graduated."