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Published on October 13th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Single mum of FOUR gets first class honours degree in criminology

A 29-year-old mum who is raising four children on her own has gained a First Class Honours degree in criminology.

The Bedford & Times Citizen reports that Nichola Little from Wixams, Bedfordshire, admitted that at times it had been ‘very difficult’ and that looking back, she doesn’t really know how she managed it.

Her achievement is all the more remarkable as one of her children, 10-year-old Lene, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and wakes every few hours during the night.

“If you really, really want something, and you put everything into it, you’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it,”  the hard working mum told the paper.

Nichola was also presented with the Dean’s Prize for the best performance across the health and social sciences faculty at her graduation ceremony at the University of Bedfordshire.

She told her local paper that she had managed to complete her course by sending her children to a childminder at 7am, and then travelling by bus and train to get to the university campus.

“It was a bit of a balancing act,” she said, adding that she ‘didn’t have much of a social life’ during her three year course.

The super mum – who said she only expected a 2:2 and ‘couldn’t believe it’ when a First came through the post – now plans to go back to university to complete her Masters degree.


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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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