Barbara has pledged to leave a legacy to UEA in her Will.
"My future gift to UEA is based upon my deep 'thank you' to my tutors. I emerged a different person with a clearer perspective on life. The turning point came for me in 1982, when I was accepted, as a mature student, to the School of European Studies. I had achieved three good quality A-levels - Economics, English and History - in the previous year at a College of Further Education but had not expected university acceptance. I was a lone parent with three children, aged fifteen, thirteen and nine.
"I loved my three years at UEA. It altered my life entirely and opened up new avenues in a future career in Training, firstly with YMCA and then as a Training Co-ordinator with Broadland District Council. My life chances were greatly enhanced. My children and I were more socially mobile. I guess I acted as a role model to two of them in that each gained excellent Honors Degrees leading to well-paid jobs. My time at UEA altered the future prospects of a whole family."