SRUC student achieves degree in face of chronic health condition
Christine Judd has managed to battle a chronic health condition over the past six years to achieve an honours degree in Environmental Resource Management.
The 23-year-old, who is originally from Nottingham but lives in Edinburgh, was awarded the degree by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) along with the Bayeux Prize – which acknowledges the hard work and determination of an honours degree student.
Christine suffers from a hormone-producing tumour in the brain which affects her body in different ways. She is undergoing treatment to reduce the tumour and has to have regular MRIs and blood tests to monitor any changes.
Despite these challenges, she has progressed from studying for a National Certificate in Activity Tourism at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus in West Lothian, onto an HND and then a degree at the Edinburgh campus.
“For as long as I can remember I have always had a strong interest in the natural environment and the wildlife within it,” she said.
“I chose this particular course because it allowed me to gain hands-on experience in the field offering several study tours, practicals and workshops across the duration of the four years.
“Furthermore, this course allowed me to gain a better understanding of ecology and many more aspects of the environment which I didn’t know before.”
In addition to her degree, Christine has gained several other qualifications including a TCV Sighted Guide Level 1 Award, First Aid at Work SQA and a City of Guilds Award.
She also helped form the SRUC Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Club and volunteered on the SRUC stand at the Royal Highland Show.