A partially sighted student has received tributes from her tutors after battling many obstacles to graduate with a commendation from her Graduate Diploma in Law at Middlesex University.
Alongside her sight problems, Beebee Sabinah Peeroo, 44, is also a single parent of an eight year old boy and is currently fighting a custody battle and even holds down a part-time job. She was able to juggle her academic work by studying part-time and through distance learning.
Beebee, originally from Mauritius, was born short sighted but after suffering from cataracts, lost further sight. She completed her course's intense reading requirements using a combination of technology to magnify or read aloud online text and also attended revision classes at the University where tutors supported her by reading text aloud or providing specially printed materials.
Her tutor, Principal Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University Susan Scott Hunt, said: "Beebee has worked extraordinarily hard and overcome so many challenges. She is an inspiration to others and demonstrates what can be achieved in the face of adversity. Beebee is terribly modest about her achievements but has an extremely sharp legal mind and I have no doubt that she will succeed at whatever she applies herself to."
Beebee returned to education after a long break, having previously studied law in France where she obtained a Masters Degree and in Mauritius where she is qualified as a Solicitor. She hopes to complete a Legal Practice Course (LPC) and try and secure a training contract to become a practising solicitor in the UK. Due to her personal experiences, fighting for custody of her child, she hopes to work in family and immigration law in the future.
After graduating she said: "It's been a tough journey and has required a lot of hard work, especially as I had a long break from studying. However, the online course has been ideal for me and the support I received from the lecturers has been great. I'm so proud to be graduating particularly as I'm doing it all for my son."