“Never too late to learn” - Grandmother wins Learner of the Year Award 

A HARD working grandmother who is the first person in her family to go to university has been awarded at the Vale of Glamorgan Learner of the Year Awards.

Christine Prangley, aged 49, of Barry received the honour for successfully completing a diploma in counselling, the ECDL (European Computer Driving License course) and for the degree in social work she is currently studying for at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

“I will be qualified when I am 50 years-old,” said Mrs Prangley. “I am the first person in my family to get to university and I want to show you’re never too late to learn.”

Mrs Prangley had been a support worker for adults with learning disabilities for 12 years before she started learning again with NVQs. She then completed a counselling course before taking on a two-year diploma in counselling, which she was half way through when she started her degree.

“I felt I had taken on too much in my first year of the degree” she said. “I’m more of a hands-on person than an academic and there was big difference between the diploma and degree. But some of UWIC’s Summer School courses - Top tips to Study, Critical Analysis and Writing Skills – were really good and made a huge difference for me, it all started to make sense.”

Mrs Prangley will be entering the final year of her Social Work BA in September and as well as her study, she has her four young grandchildren to help look after.  “My husband helps by looking after them,” she said. “My study day is my study day whatever day that is and I will not look after the children.”

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