Emma Peasgood (Psychology in Education, 2007, Lonsdale) is a Senior Practitioner Social Worker who specialises in working with deaf children.
Here, she answers some questions about Lancaster and beyond:
What made you choose Lancaster University for your degree?
I came through clearing and I was unsure whether I wanted to go to University. My best friend from back home convinced me to apply to Lancaster and I am so glad she did!
What is your fondest memory of your time at Lancaster?
I have so many but extravs were always a favourite time of mine. I am also very fond of the weekends I spent away with the Mountaineering group.
What was the most valuable part of your student experience?
Personally, it enabled me to enjoy learning again. I didn’t really enjoy Sixth Form or the way the courses were taught. At Lancaster, I felt I was able to engage in subjects that I enjoyed and was motivated. My degree gave me confidence to then go on to study at Master's level.
Who or what particularly inspired you when you were here and why?
A tutor within my department, Ms Fritz always made me smile. Her quirkiness meant that lectures were interesting. However, it was her passion for psychology and drive for research which motivated me to complete my dissertation. The support she gave me was amazing. My course peers were always particularly grateful when she came back from the US with a supply of Oreo cookies.
Do you keep in touch with other alumni since you graduated? If so, have you been back to visit at all?
I regularly meet up with a group of friends 10 years on. We have been back to Lancaster twice however it is tricky as we live all over the country. We tend to meet centrally or outside of the UK!
How did your career progress?
I worked with young people in the prison service and then decided to retrain in social work. The experience and degree with young people and education enabled me to decide how my career would progress.
What do you enjoy the most in your work?
I love working with deaf children, being a positive role model and enabling them to overcome barriers within society. It is also satisfying working with parents of deaf children and giving them reassurance.
What has been your greatest achievement so far (in any aspect of your life?)
I was nominated for Children's Social worker of the Year in the UK by the NSPCC in 2014. This award is given to Social Workers who have made a clear difference to the lives of the children and families they work with.
What advice would you give to today’s students?
I think it is important to have a good balance between studying hard and making friendships. I have found that these friendships at University have shaped the beginning of my adult life and will do so forever.