Woman, 85, receives fifth University of Reading degree

Dr Anne Latto Image copyright University of Reading
Image caption Dr Anne Latto, 85, picked up her doctorate in storytelling at a ceremony at the University of Reading

An 85-year-old woman has been awarded a PhD - her fifth degree - 36 years after she first graduated.

Dr Anne Latto picked up the doctorate in storytelling at a ceremony at the University of Reading.

She completed her undergraduate studies in film and drama at the same institution in 1981, achieving a 2:1.

The university said Dr Latto, who also boasts a masters degrees in cognitive evolution among her collection, had a "formidable CV".

Dr Latto's University of Reading degrees

BA in film and drama

MA in film and drama

MPhil in film and drama

MA in cognitive evolution

PhD in storytelling

The former drama teacher, from Emmer Green, Reading, added: "I didn't set out to do five degrees, but film and drama has been at the heart of my work all my life."

Dr Latto said she would urge anybody considering doing a degree to "go for it" whatever their age.

She said she would not be asking people to call her doctor, and added: "I'm much prouder of my five grandchildren."

A university spokesman said Dr Latto celebrated her latest qualification with tea and cakes after the ceremony on Thursday.

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