Student April Lawrence, of Half Tree Hollow, has been awarded a Second Class Honours Upper Division Degree in Sociology and Psychology by the University of Portsmouth.
April left the Island in 2010 under the Post-School Scholarship Programme to undertake three years of study for her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Psychology.
April’s degree covered a variety of modules which included Sociological Analysis, Analysing Social Data, Self and Society and Abnormal Psychology. She also studied Childhood, Youth and Social Problems, Deviance, Crime and Social Control, Neighbourhoods and Communities, Risk in Society and Essential Social and Cognitive Psychology. In her third and final year, April’s study focused on Young People, State and Society, Violence, War and Society, Forensic and Clinical and Health Psychology.
While at University, April also undertook relevant voluntary work experience as a Contact Centre volunteer with an organisation called The E.C. Roberts Centre where she was involved in supervising the contact between parents and children who rarely see each other due to difficult circumstances. April also completed training which enabled her to become a Mentor with Motiv8, an organisation that engages and supports young people in accessing better life chances.
Speaking with April about her achievement, she said:
“I can confidently say that another goal of mine has been achieved and I would like to thank the Government of St Helena for providing me with my scholarship to fulfil this opportunity.
“If anyone is thinking of going to University, then do pursue it. You will not be disappointed.”
SHG UK Representative, Kedell Worboys, added:
“April has been a hardworking and dedicated student and thoroughly deserves her award. She will make a positive contribution to the Social Services on St Helena and is a shining example to other young people on the Island.”
April will graduate from the University of Portsmouth on 23 July 2013. Following a short holiday in the UK, April will return to St Helena in October.
16 July 2013