A MATURE student and mother-of-two has been awarded Huddersfield University's prize for the best performance by a humanities student.
Sue Wilkinson, 42, of Lightcliffe, has just gained a first-class BA (Hons) degree in humanities.
Mrs Wilkinson started as a part-time student until she was made redundant from her job in personnel at an insurance company.
She then seized the opportunity to move to full-time study.
Mrs Wilkinson will now return to the university in September to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education to enable her to become a history teacher.
She said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the courses, particularly the politics and history sections.
"But the thing that really stood out for me was the enthusiasm of the tutors.
"It made you want to get involved and I think that is one of the reasons that made me consider teaching as a career."
History has always interested Mrs Wilkinson and the course examined many different periods.
"One part that was particularly fascinating was when we looked at original medieval documents," she said.
"These included everything from statutes of the realm and royal proclamations, through to letters from noblemen and the reports of words uttered by peasant women in labour.
"There was even a list of clothes to be bought for prisoners in the Tower of London."