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"It Changed Me For The Better": Criminology Graduate Pursuing Masters In Forensic Psychological Studies

23 January 2024

Ellie Lee, a graduate with a first class Honours in Criminology from University Centre Peterborough (UCP), is embarking on a new chapter in her academic journey.

Ellie, who initially started as an Access to HE student at Peterborough College, studying Humanities and Social Sciences, is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychological Studies, showcasing the transformative power of education.

Ellie’s journey began when she signed up for an Access to HE Humanities and Social Science course at Peterborough College in 2016. Embracing the role of  mature student, she thrived in the friendly atmosphere among her classmates, all sharing the common goal of pursuing higher education. This initial experience laid the foundation for her subsequent success.


“Peterborough College had a strong connection with UCP, so I got to know all the lecturers pretty well. They were a friendly bunch and helped me ease into college life smoothly. I attended an open event, had a chat with the course leaders, and decided what course I wanted to study,” Ellie commented.

Now, Ellie is taking the next step in her academic career by pursuing a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychological Studies. “I aimed to prove to myself that I could earn a degree, and now I’m on the path to a Master’s in Forensic Psychological Studies.” she said.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Ellie manages a leadership role at a soft play center, showcasing her ability to balance multiple responsibilities. Her journey from an Access to HE student to a Master’s candidate exemplifies her dedication to continuous learning and personal growth.

Reflecting on her transformative journey, Ellie shared, “I chose a university that fit into my life and working alongside my studies, i found UCP to be so supportive. It’s a far cry from the common complaints about lack of support at other universities. It changed me for the better.”

As Ellie continues to make strides in her academic and professional pursuits, her story serves as an inspiration to others aspiring to overcome barriers and excel in the fields of criminology and forensic psychology.

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