Foulden couple share OU Foulden graduation ceremony

Linda and Paul Trickett at their graduation ceremony in Edinburgh
Linda and Paul Trickett at their graduation ceremony in Edinburgh

A Berwickshire couple were among 560 students graduating with The Open University in Scotland recently.

Paul (56) and Linda (59) Trickett, from Foulden, both attended the ceremony at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Paul collecting his Master of Education (MEd) and Linda a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

Paul, a maths teacher at the Berwickshire High School, started his Masters in Education three years ago.

He is passionate about teaching and lifelong learning and is looking to do further study again in the future, but isn’t sure what direction he wishes to take. He started his working life as a mine worker, a job he did for ten years. After the decline of the mining industry he studied environmental engineering at Newcastle University.

Linda is the co-ordinator at Coldstream Community Centre. She started her studies in 2010 when she started working for the Alzheimer’s Society.

For Linda studying made up for missing out on the opportunity to go to university when she left school in the 1970s. Her interest in social behaviour and the effects of the cognitive decline she witnessed working with people with dementia led her to study for a BSC (Hons) in psychology with the Open University.

“I would like to follow up this degree with studies in the field of dementia, being actively involved with Berwick & District Friends of Dementia,” added Linda.