AWARDS '09: Shabila Facing A Testing Graduation Day

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Date posted: 23 January 2009

Partially sighted Law student Shabila Kausar won’t have long to relax and enjoy her graduation day, as only hours later she will be taking an exam.

Shabila, 22, of Burton-on-Trent, will receive a 2:2 for her LL.B (Hons) Law degree course at the University of Derby’s Awards Ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, on Friday morning (January 23). She will then travel to Nottingham to take an afternoon advocacy exam, as part of the one year Legal Practitioners Course she is taking.

Such commitment is typical of Shabila says Christine Wiltshier, a University Librarian who has helped the student overcome degree study difficulties caused by her sight problems.

Shabila is registered partially blind, the result of medical issues as a young child. She can read small text, commonly found in Law books and legal research websites, but with great difficulty.

In addition to her normal librarian duties, Christine is a member of the University’s student support service team and helped Shabila with lecture note taking and internet legal research, often late into the evening.

Shabila said: “I got help from a notetaker and a reader. Different people helped me out but overall I preferred Christine’s help because she had had additional training from the Law librarian.”

She added: “I have my advocacy exam on the afternoon of the day I graduate. It’s one of those things, you just have to get on with it.”

Proud father Ghulam Rasool, mother Naseem Akhtar and family intend to be at the Awards Ceremonies.

Shabila hopes to become a family law solicitor.

Christine, who is originally from New Zealand, added: “I’ve actually learnt a lot about the law through this. It has also given me an insight into English culture.”


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