School of Science, Engineering & Environment 14.04.24

GRADUATION 2021: Salford help mature student find her dream career

Being a student at the University of Salford, you are guaranteed to meet a diverse bunch of peers during your time with us - all of whom add to your Salford story.

Gemma Lynch, a Biology graduate, started her journey at Salford as a mature student. She returned to education after 17 years and is a mummy to a beautiful son. When asked why she chose Biology and Salford as a place to study, she said: “My goal has always been to make a better life for my son, and I wanted to make him proud. Biology was a subject that I enjoyed when I was younger and the modules on offer as part of the Salford programme really interested me. The course structure and flexibility of the programme also allowed me to continue working as well as being there for my son.”  

Reflecting on her time at the University Gemma added: “Honestly, it’s almost on par with growing a whole new human. I wouldn’t have gotten through my degree without the support from my lecturers. They are amazing, many are parents themselves, so they understand how hard it is to study with childcare. They are so focused on student wellbeing and do everything in their power to help you succeed. There is someone who can help in almost every eventuality.” 

Now a graduate, Gemma has decided to pursue her studies and will be starting a PGCE later this year with the goal to teach Biology to secondary pupils.  

When asked her advice for those considering being a mature student and started studying with other responsibilities she commented: “If you are sitting on the fence about going to university, my advice is to go for it. If you’re contemplating attending Salford, which you must be if you’re reading this, then absolutely apply.  I have suffered mummy guilt for being so busy, but it has been worth it. I am only a year off my dream job and I’m 37! It’s never too late. You have no idea what you’re capable of until you try.”  

Gemma Lynch