College opened doors for me which are leading all the way to my doctorate

Studying at Bishop Auckland College opened doors for diabetes specialist Tina Robson which are leading all the way to a doctorate.

After many years out of education, Tina completed a Level 3 social science diploma at the college which rekindled her thirst for learning. She has since qualified with a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology and Clinical Skills - and is now studying for a PhD in Psychology!

The 35-year-old, from Barnard Castle, is employed full time for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust as a health coordinator and diabetes educator and runs her own business as a health and wellbeing coach.

Tina said: “I love what I do; there’s nothing better than being able to support people to improve their health, both mentally and physically. I’m also really enjoying managing my own project for my PhD.

“It’s challenging at times but I am learning so much and hope that my research will contribute to the growing evidence on the importance of nature interventions in supporting better health outcomes.”

Reflecting on her time at the college, she added: “Bishop Auckland College gave me the opportunity to return to education after having my children, when I genuinely thought that university was no longer an option for me.

“I was worried at the start having been out of education for so long, but the tutors were so supportive and I thoroughly enjoyed every subject. I opted for the course with no clear plan on where it would take me, I just wanted to learn and do something with my life. I had no idea that it might lead to a doctorate, but once I was back in education I really didn’t want to stop.

“Bishop Auckland College offers fantastic opportunities and supportive tutors who will help you find your way and move forward in whatever it is you hope to do. Whether a school leaver or a mature student looking to change or start a career, Bishop Auckland College will open doors and give you the knowledge and skills needed to go as far as you want to go.”

And what next for the former Teesdale Comprehensive pupil?

“I plan to complete my PhD, and use the skills and knowledge I learn to expand my business and undertake more research into the benefits of nature. I currently offer outdoor coaching sessions but would love to be able to provide a range of interventions and also consult on those being developed by other organisations, to help ensure they meet the needs of people accessing such activities.”

Tina Robson