Studying from Kenya proved no barrier for UDOL army student

14 January 2015

University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) graduate, Lieutenant Corporal Charlotte Miller, has used online studying as a platform to develop her career.

Charlotte will graduate today (January 14) at the University of Derby Awards Ceremonies, with a Master’s degree (MSc) in Environmental Health, which she studied remotely while working as an Environmental Health Technician in the British Army.

In her Army role Charlotte helps reduce disease and non-battle injuries, working in some of the most challenging situations all around the world.

Charlotte Miller in Nanyuki Kenya at altitude 6389FT. on the Equator

Charlotte said: “This year I have been deployed to both Belize and Kenya. I assess environmental, industrial and domestic health hazards, inspect military kitchens and bases, investigate outbreaks of disease, conduct environmental and occupational health surveys and advise commanders.

“Now I have completed my Master’s degree, I am one step closer to being awarded the Environmental Health Registration Board’s Certificate of Registration and becoming a fully qualified Environmental Health Practitioner. I feel extremely proud to have graduated, it's a great feeling of achievement and accomplishment.”

Alan Whitfield, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health with UDOL at the University, added: “The flexibility and support provided by the team allowed Charlotte to study whilst undertaking her military commitments, including a stint in Kenya and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“Charlotte was a hardworking and diligent student who deserved to pass her degree, and she has the dedication and personal attributes to now go on and make a long term career as an Environmental Health Practitioner.”

This week (January 14 to 16) around 3,400 graduates who studied at the University of Derby's seven Colleges – covering education, health and social care, business, life and natural sciences, engineering and technology, the arts; and law, humanities and social sciences – and almost 12,000 family, friends and other guests will attend three days of Awards Ceremonies at the new Derby Arena, in Pride Park, Derby.

Find out more information about studying at the University of Derby Online Learning.