A degree of success

A LINLITHGOW mum has battled the odds to graduate with a BSc (Hons) despite four house moves, three job changes, one emigration and a baby!

Lynne Cocker (38) of Preston Park graduated from the Open University last weekend after six years studying and quite a bit of drama.

She said: “During my years of study my life changed dramatically. I was living in Spain when I started the degree in 2004, first doing Modern Languages and then changing to Psychology. My dad and uncle had graduated from the Open University and it was a way to study while still working and getting on with life.”

Lynn was living in Roses, close to the Spanish-French border and working at a local airport. But she changed to working full time in a sports shop while juggling her degree and contacting her tutor over the phone.

But it was a fire in her apartment block around five years ago that forced her to switch homes.

She said: “I was watching TV when the electricity went off. I heard people shouting outside and part of the electrical system had gone on fire.

‘‘We had to be rescued by the fire brigade and stay in temporary accommodation for four months.”

In 2009 Lynne had baby Bethany and felt it was time to return to the UK to continue her studies. The pair moved in with her mum in Grangemouth before relocating to Linlithgow a year ago.

The move signalled more changes in jobs with Lynne working at a cafe and now at an undertakers.

After an eventful six years, Lynne still feels it was worth all the work.

She said: “It’s been amazing, I would recommend it to anyone. I’m now looking into doing an MA at Stirling University as my aim would be to get into social work.”