Degree from Down Under

a FORMER Belper woman who now lives in Australia is celebrating after graduating from the University of Derby.

Julie Basford, 45, who graduated on Friday, January 21, with a Masters in Business Administration, will be throwing her mortarboard into the air in Perth, where she studied the course online.

Unfortunately, she was not able to put up her degree in person. Julie said: “Instead, I’ll have a ‘tinnie round the barbie’.”

Julie credits the course with getting her career and life ‘Down Under’ on the right track.

She said: “I studied at the university while I still lived in the UK and worked in the city. When my husband was offered a contract in Abu Dhabi, I wanted to continue studying with Derby, so I enrolled on the part-time online course and began it while living in the Middle East.”

She then moved to Perth. “It was a culture shock in many ways,” said Julie.