Kristina beats head injury to graduate from University of Lincoln


A student from Louth will this September graduate with a degree after beating a debilitating head injury suffered just months before she was due to begin her studies.

Just two months before Kristina Key was scheduled to begin her studies on the Health and Social Care course at the University of Lincoln in 2008, she had a serious accident that caused deterioration in her speech, weaknesses in both hands and intolerance to light.

Most worryingly for Kristina though, was the fact that she lost the ability to read and write.

Kristina was determined to make it to Lincoln however, and she cites the university’s commitment to keeping her place open as one of the key motivations for completing her rehabilitation.

After two years of hard work, in which Kristina was diagnosed with Acquired Dyslexia and completed the Adult Literacy 1 and 2 courses, she was ready to begin her university career in 2010.

This September she will graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree in Health and Social Care.

Kristina said: “I have been so proud to say that I am a student of the University of Lincoln, because I worked so hard to get there.”

During her third year at university, Kristina was also involved in a car accident and was told that she had a hearing impairment, which had previously gone un-diagnosed.

She said: “I had a number of challenges to face in my third and final year, however this is the time when my lecturers supported me the most. They knew how anxious I was to keep up with my University work during my most important year, and I cannot thank all of them enough for the support they provided me with. From listening to my problems to one-on-one tuition sessions, they truly were amazing.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this happen for me – this has been the best three years of my life so far.”

Kristina has now secured a place on the PGCE programme for Post-16 and Further Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

While studying, Kristina will also complete a placement at John Leggott Sixth Form College, Scunthorpe, and hopes to go on to teach Health and Social Care to pupils at schools and colleges in the future.