Katie Dubarry

A Lichfield woman has swapped beauty for beasts after graduating with a first class honours degree.

Mum of two Katie Dubarry, who now lives in Edinburgh, worked as a beauty therapist before moving to study agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College.

Katie Dubarry

The 34-year-old is now celebrating after receiving her results, but admits it was a step into the unknown.

“I wanted to learn about how we can live more sustainably, how we produce the things we do and how we consume things,” Katie said.

“All of these thought processes combined into an interest in farming and the ways people work the land, but I didn’t know the first thing about it.”

Five years after starting on the National Certificate in Agriculture course, Katie has been awarded a BSc degree and – after taking a year out to represent the college as vice president of the Student Association.

She is now hoping to continue to PhD level.

“After the first year I was hooked,” she said. “As I have worked through, I have discovered all about other aspects I had no idea were part of agriculture.

“I thought it would be lovely if I could have a bit of land with some sheep and spin yarn from them. Then I discovered new ways of thinking about how we can influence what is happening in the world on quite major levels.”

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