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Lance Corporal Gail Ronson
Undergraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice

Chiamaka Adline Igbokwe
MSc Infection Control

Kelly Bruce Dueck

Thomas Boryniec

Heidi Eagle
MSc Infection Control

2018 Graduates
MSc Infection Control

Jamie Leigh Heslop,
BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

Anna Kryszak
BA (Hons) Business and Management

Neil Coy

Naomi Mc Laughlan
BA (Hons) Business and Marketing

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Inspired to study online to improve your skills? Use the tabs below to discover the ways that online education can improve your confidence, organisation and more.


Dr Obinna Orjingene, Master of Public Health (MPH)

I chose to study Public Health because the course is beneficial to my current career aspirations. With this course I will gain a broader perception of health and it will allow me to address the primary health care disease burden in my country as well as water hygiene and sanitation, child protection and a lot more.
I picked University of Essex Online because of three reasons. Firstly, the affordability when compared to other schools of the same standard, the flexibility considering the nature of my work. I needed a programme which allowed me time and space for both my studies and personal development, that also fitted into my working life. Lastly, the quality of the modules is what convinced me, compared with other places of learning.

So far so good, for me it has been a great experience and honour to be part of this academic community. The shared experience around the module discussions have been a great learning platform. It has been wonderful speaking to my course mates across the globe. I have been able to use the modules I am learning in my real-life work experiences which is amazing and makes studying a lot easier!

Adam Newman, CertCE Law

It’s never too late to follow your passions. I have always had a keen interest in law, this is mostly because when you think about it, there isn’t much in life that isn’t affected by law in one way or another.

I am employed full time as the owner of my own company and really can’t afford to take time away to attend a university. The University of Essex Online has offered and delivered on flexible learning. The course structures are easy to follow, and I can fit my study around both work and family life. It is a struggle at times, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. I have discovered over my studies that the University of Essex Online are there to help you succeed. They will support you through the challenges and help you to achieve your goals.

When I have finished my degree, I hope to be able to continue studying further. This will include completing a masters. It has always been an ambition of mine to go into teaching. I will be using this degree as the stepping stone towards this career path.

Erin Lovell, MBA

I chose to study my MBA because I knew that ultimately, I’d like to own a number of businesses and work for myself.

The course itself was great, I took something valuable away from every module. I really enjoyed my Financial Decision Making for Managers course – which is ironic because that’s the only one I was really dreading when I first saw the syllabus! I’m happy to say that I’m already using the course. I have just started my new role of Senior Project Analyst for the Bermuda Monetary Authority full-time.

This course was absolutely instrumental in my being prepared for this job. If you’re waiting for the right time to take this course, it’s now. It’s an incredibly practical course and you will be able to apply the things you learn right away. There will never be a “perfect time” – so today is as good as any.


Grace Araba, BA (Hons) Business and Management

I am originally from Nigeria but I have lived in the UK for about 30 years and it has more or less become a second home. I retired in 2009 as a care manager in a mental health home setting.

It has always been my desire to do a degree course to back me up when I start my mental health care home after retirement. And Business and Management will lead me to the right direction. I am finding the course very useful and I am really gathering a lot of useful information to see me through my future business plan. I enjoy the course content and the support I get from my Student Adviser and my tutors. These have made my study easy and achievable by constant encouragement each time I feel like giving up.

Since my children are all grown, and I do not have to think of paying school fees again, I felt it was time to take care of myself too. I am inspiring people even outside my family already. They believe if at my age I am doing a degree, then why not. Of course, my grandchildren are already waiting to attend my graduation. So, even if I want to stop now, I cannot because I would not want to disappoint them. Two of my grandchildren are in college and they too are working hard to see that they excel so I can attend their graduation. So, it is like inspiring each other.

Janice Evans, BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

I picked the BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice as I am interested in the criminal justice system, having been involved with it, and the many changes which have evolved over many years. I like to try and understand why people become criminals and commit crimes.
Before taking on this course I found that I was coming in from work and watching television all evening. So, I decided to study with University of Essex Online and earn a qualification where I could work to my own pace. I made enquiries at various universities and while most of them just sent me booklets, University of Essex Online staff called up and spoke to me. They were very helpful and talked me through what was expected. They also answered all my questions honestly and factually.
Since starting this course, I have found out things about myself, during the reflective areas of the modules, which I was not aware of previously. All the tutors have been approachable and willing to assist with any problems, as well as my student advisor who has always been at the end of an email and has never failed to help me when asked. If anyone was thinking of undertaking this course, I would strongly advise them to start.

Michelle Franklin, CertCE Psychology

I needed an online course as running the business does take up a lot of my time. I looked into the different options and their course was well explained and the information given by the team was very straight forward and easy to understand. The course is amazing, it isn’t easy, and you need to be focused and make time to read the literature and complete your modules but it has ignited a passion for learning that I had forgotten I had. It is important that you learn how to manage your time and ensure you make the most of any study time you get.
The course is well structured, and the online forum is easy to use. There is a lot of ongoing support so if you are unsure of something you can always contact either your student support team or your tutor. You are never made to feel that any question is silly, being new to study and being older I was worried that I would look daft and ask silly questions but not once have any of the team made me feel that way.
There is so much support from the team at the University of Essex Online. They are on hand all the way through the process of applying for your course, the funding options available and they support you as you go along. I was hesitant and put off doing this for years as I doubted my ability and didn’t feel confident enough but now I wish I had taken the leap years ago.


Donna Duffield, CertCE Criminology and Criminal Justice

I’m a busy mum of 4 children aged between 3 and 14. I enjoy gardening, walking, going to the beach, reading, keeping fit, and you can always find me watching a true crime documentary or with a book about serial killers most evenings once the kids have gone to bed.
I came across the University of Essex Online whilst looking for criminology courses and they gave me a call. Everything was explained to me so well and made so easy that I decided to go ahead and enrol on the course. They were there on the other end of the phone if I needed help with anything and helped me every step of the way.

I am so glad I decided to study. Even if it’s just as a hobby it’s definitely worth doing. Learning makes you feel good and now I don’t feel like I am just a mum. I know I would have regretted not doing something about my interest in criminology. I always knew it was something that I would be good at.

Serina Jones, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Serina Jones, BA (Hons) Business and Management

I set out to earn a living instead of studying, but despite this choice I always wanted to fulfil my ambition to have a qualification. In August 2007, I set about furthering my education, to advance my business understanding and enrich my life skills; all from the comfort of my home.

My new-found knowledge and confidence have improved my career over the past four years, teaching me the ‘corporate speak’ and I feel qualified to belong to the corporate world.

My final objective on my PDP was for my daughter to look up to me and see me as a good example of a working mother with a developing career. Having my family at my graduation filled me with pride.

Andrea Matthews, CertCE Business Studies

Andrea Matthews, CertCE Business Studies

When my children flew the nest I was looking to utilise my new-found independence and improve my self-esteem. Next to my daughter, who was attending university, I felt uneducated so decided to begin university level education as well.

The course was challenging, it pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me new skills. Getting continual positive feedback and encouraging kept me on track, even when I doubted myself. I learnt how to research, time manage and interpret company behaviour. It was a real eye-opener, which has expanded my mind and improved my critical awareness of the business world I’m so eager to re-enter.

It’s an exciting time for me, with the prospect of pushing myself both in education and in my career.


Matthew Jones, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Matthew Jones, BA (Hons) Business and Management

I’d had several good jobs in retail management and banking, yet there was something missing. I didn’t want to give up work, as I was enjoying a reasonable salary, yet I longed for more.

Online learning brings the classroom to you. Interactive lessons take place via online seminars that give both visual and audio dialogue with a real tutor and classmates at a convenient time of day. The lessons are truly global, with students and tutors participating from anywhere; Brazil, China, America, and the UK – all in real time. Also, the support available is unbelievable: the students, the tutors, the course materials and textbooks – it’s all fantastic. You even get your very own Student Adviser!

Donna Daly, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Donna Daly, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Although I was apprehensive prior to starting the degree (I was never an A* student!) I quickly became familiar with the format and deadlines and actually started enjoying the course.

Studying has not always been easy and sacrifices had to be made. All of that said, completing this degree has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have shown myself and others that I am capable of something really special and moreover I gained a Distinction for every module completed bar one, which even now I still cannot believe.

I never thought that I could achieve at this level but now that I have, nothing can stop me or hold me back.

Aisha Legge, MBA

Aisha Legge, MBA

I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community. I created a WhatsApp group for students based in the UAE and we physically meet up regularly. If I can’t watch any lectures live because of the time difference I can watch them on demand and our tutors try to be flexible with their office hours.

Even though we’re miles away from the Essex team, they’re always willing and able to help with any issues or questions I have. My student adviser, Marie, replies promptly, is always able to assist me and offers support in my studies.

My hope is that my MBA will help with career advancement and open doors to opportunities with potential employers in the future.


Andy Robertson, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Andy Robertson, BA (Hons) Business and Management

“Being a naval chap, I thought that I was a broad, adaptable, comfortable manager.

However, as a mature student, the vagaries and pressures of work take priority and zap your energy, making the balance beyond work, between family and study even more precarious.

In maintaining the balance between work, study and home life, I learned that one has to set aside a period known as the “study period” and sacrifice being idle! Giving up free time simply means giving up time without purpose, a really neat trick of useful time management. And when in doubt, I sought the great bunch of tutors and student advisers at University of Essex Online.”

Paul Nicholson, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Paul Nicholson, BA (Hons) Business and Management

“I was a project leader in the oil and gas industry, wanting to take my career to the next level. Learning through an online programme provided me with the flexibility I needed to manage my work and family life. Studying in the evenings and at weekends worked well for me, but without the support and understanding of my wife and daughter it could have been very difficult. Summer holidays saw me sitting in air-conditioned rooms writing assignments while my family entertained themselves. I would say family ‘buy-in’ and support is crucial to succeed! However, while I’ve made sacrifices, I’ll definitely reap the rewards in the long term.”

Marie Shalloe, graduate

Marie Shalloe, MSc Infection Control

“I have worked in Infection Control for 22 years, and completed a BSc in Infection Control in 1998. However, I wanted a higher qualification in Infection Control to maintain an expert level of knowledge, skills and practice. I work full time and have a family, so multi-tasking, being super organised, and disciplined really helped me to fit this study programme into my life. For three years the MSc was a big part of my life. There were challenges along the way such as deadlines and statistical analysis, but the flexible nature of distance learning allowed me to complete the course.”