Sarah has begun the final year of her degree in Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is a mature student with 3 children in their twenties. It was whilst taking an Access Diploma at Northern Regional College that she discovered that the Social Sciences spoke her language, and posed the questions she had been asking. Her passion for the field is illustrated by her academic results.

She was awarded two scholarships for outstanding achievement in her first year, and an Athena Swan award for work on gender and gerontology in her second year. She is particularly interested in the sociological outcomes of demographically-driven social policy, and the links between sociology, social policy, politics and economics (both practically and academically). She strongly believes that mature students have much to offer both tertiary studies and research, and plans to undertake post-graduate study. She intends to be working into her nineties!