Women's England Rugby League player Charlotte Booth will graduate from Leeds Trinity University today (Wednesday 5 December), after successfully managing her studies alongside training and playing for England.
Charlotte, who plays for Leeds Rhinos, was selected for the Women's Rugby League World Cup in Australia in November 2017, during her final year at university. She was supported by Leeds Trinity's Talented Athlete Support Package, which includes one-to-one athlete mentoring; learning and teaching support to manage training, competing and studying; and access to specialist training facilities and tailored sports science support. She was also the Student Sport Individual winner at the Leeds Sports Awards 2018.
Charlotte said: "Doing a degree and being part of international sport is not easy, but Leeds Trinity has been very supportive. It's made a huge difference. I'm hoping I will be one of many future women's rugby league athletes, especially with England hosting the 2021 World Cup."
Professor Margaret A House OBE, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: "Charlotte has excelled during her time at Leeds Trinity. She is talented and determined, and her success in managing a dual career of sportswoman and student, is a real credit to her dedication."
Charlotte, who graduates with a degree in Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition, is one of 165 students graduating from the Institute of Childhood and Education, School of Arts and Communication, and School of Social and Health Sciences.
Mature student Jane Browne, who graduates with a Master's degree in Creative Writing, has juggled her studies with a full-time career as a primary school teacher, and has also written and published her first book for children. Hannah and the Hollow Tree is Jane's first story in a trilogy of books which tackles issues such as climate change.
Students will be addressed by Professor Margaret A House OBE, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, which will be followed by the conferment of Awards and Award of Prizes. Writer and Creative Director Deborah McAndrew, Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, will address students before International Business student Juliana Ferreira delivers the Student Vote of Thanks.