Heather Berry has true creative talent, she is a mature student and originally comes from Silloth on the west coast of Cumbria and graduated in 2018.

She says, “Go for it. If you're passionate about that subject don't give up, it's worth it in the end whatever age you are. 


“I chose to study locally as I had family commitments and felt the Institute of the Arts was part of an excellent university offering the course I was interested in. Brampton Road campus appealed to me as it is opposite Rickerby Park, surrounded by trees, but also close to the city centre of Carlisle. 


“Photography played an important part in my life right from an early age, and as a mature student I felt it was the right time for me to pursue the dream and follow my passion. 

My degree helped me to develop work in areas I was interested in and improved my academic and professional skills such as blogging, giving presentations and networking, and, of course, I achieved a lifelong ambition. 


“The university lecturers were supportive and helpful whenever I needed it. My photography lecturer, Dr Sarah Bonner, was a fabulous mentor; I admire her ambition and dedication. But it was the whole feel of the campus and people that added to my experience. The people were very friendly and helpful, lecturers, peers, canteen staff and receptionists all made sure you were welcome from the beginning right through to the end. 


“I am currently setting up an online gallery called Sacred Heart Gallery which showcases fine art landscapes and picture poetry with a bit of portraiture and still life too; my ambition is to run a gallery one day. 


“I am so proud of passing my degree and developing my picture poetry as it combines my love of photography with my talent for writing poetry and I have now published six books altogether. 


My advice to anyone thinking about studying is to always follow your dreams and if there's a subject you're passionate about it's never too late!”

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