Student’s inspirational journey from labourer to academic in the making

Student’s inspirational journey from labourer to academic in the making

Scott Usher has gone from hanging industrial doors on the set of Coronation Street to collecting his degree certificate in psychology after graduating from the University of Cumbria this week.

But it was cause for double celebration as Scott, not only joined his colleagues graduating from the University of Cumbria’s Psychology BSc (Hons), he was also awarded a prestigious prize for academic achievement.

Scott won the British Psychology Society’s Best Student prize for Applied Psychology for achieving the highest overall mark on his course.

The 37 year old from Longtown embarked on the course after being made redundant from a previous job.

Scott said that he gained numerous transferable skills from his former jobs that helped him get through his course.

“I’ve had loads of random jobs; building sites, fitting industrial doors, warehouse work. It's all the stuff that you put on your CV; managing your workload, time management, all the stuff that you do whether you’re a doctor or a builder, a lot of the day-to-day stuff is pretty similar”, said Scott.

Scott wants to encourage other people to consider changing their careers, just like he did, “ If you want to do, then just do it. I’m still working at a parcel distribution depot so it’s not like you do your degree then you’re finished. This is just the start.”

Scott is currently volunteering as a counsellor but ultimately would like to become a university lecturer and will embark upon an MSc in psychology in September.

His lecturer, Dr Liz Bates, Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology at the University of Cumbria had this to say about him: “Scott is an excellent student, we have really enjoyed working with him over the last three years and are thrilled he is going to stay with us for MSc level study. He is well liked by the staff and students, and has demonstrated excellence in his work across the three years we’ve worked with him.  His average mark across year two and three was a high first”.