Former housekeeper realises degree dream


A former housekeeper has realised her dream of getting a degree after returning to education.

Nina Rubin, 40 from Accrington says she was ‘thrilled’ to have got a 2:1 in Psychology BSc (Hons) after she decided to return to education after being motivated by her dad’s struggle with bipolar disorder.  

Nina decided that she wanted to study psychology to try and learn more about how the human mind works to help other people in a similar situation to her dad. 

She said: “I’m delighted to have achieved a 2:1 in my degree, it’s something that I would never have thought I could achieve. 

“I came back to education after a long time out of education after working as a housekeeper and care worker for many years. I was inspired to start the course after talking to a friend who had also returned to education and recommended the University Centre at Blackburn College.

“I decided to study psychology as my dad was diagnosed with bipolar and I was interested to learn more about the human mind and different ways of thinking. My dad died last year but working hard to make him proud has kept me going.  

“I’ve loved every minute of my course, particularly the mental health module. My tutor James has been incredible, he has given me support, advice and very beneficial feedback along the way.  

“I’m going on to study a Masters, this will either be in Psychology or Law. After that I would like to move into a career where I can help people who struggle with mental health issues like my dad.” 

Caroline Bracewell, Assistant Principal (Higher Education) said: “Congratulations to Nina for her brilliant results, achieving an upper second class honours in Psychology BSc (Hons). 

“It’s been wonderful to see her progression throughout her time at the University Centre at Blackburn College and I’m excited to see her prosper in the future.” 


28 Jul 2022, 15:50 PM