Going the distance: Tutor and student finally meet on graduation day

Rosslyn Golding (38), a determined student from Kingston in Moray, will finally meet her personal tutor to celebrate when she graduates with a BA in Public Health Nursing from Robert Gordon University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, at 10.30am on Friday 10 December.

Rosslyn GoldingRossyln, who qualified as a nurse in 2000, completed the four-year course via distance learning whilst working full-time at Fochabers Medical Centre, and also welcomed baby boy Rowan (now aged two) during her studies.

Apart from three contact days at the University's Faculty of Health and Social Care in Garthdee, Rosslyn worked from home, using online resources and kept in constant touch with lecturers, including her personal tutor, Pamela Kirkpatrick.

Rosslyn's success is all the more remarkable as she has permanent paralysis in her right arm and leg following a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage, similar to a stroke, at the age of 16.

After the illness, Rosslyn took on the challenge of learning how to walk, talk, read and write again, and was inspired by the caring profession to visit Zimbabwe, where she undertook voluntary community and environmental work.

Rosslyn explains: "Events in my life have made me even more determined to succeed. During the past four years, I had to manage my time effectively, undertake tough assignments and remain focused, despite full-time employment and new motherhood. A lot of people doubted that I would ever become a practicing nurse due to my disability, so I'm delighted to finally be able to get my degree to show everyone I could do it.

"The team at Fochabers Medical Centre, as well as my practice placement tutor Adeline Moss, were all so supportive, it really helped through the difficult times.

"I'm really excited to finally meet Pamela and thank her for her understanding, compassion and professional support throughout the course."

Pamela adds: "Rosslyn has demonstrated that determination and hard-work on a flexible distance learning course can lead to real success. She has adapted the course to her busy life and schedule and I'm delighted to meet and congratulate her."

Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
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