From the original EPICure study, 16 year old Ellie Campbell born at 25 weeks on 2nd August 1995 tells us about her life, her achievements so far and her aspirations for the future….


I’m Ellie and I was born 15 weeks premature in 1995 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. I live in Hampshire with my parents, brothers and sister. I have just finished my GCSE’s and currently I’m in my first year of A-levels at 6th form college.

I am studying English Literature, Film Studies, History and Maths and I achieved 4 A*s and 8As at GCSE. I approach my studies enthusiastically with an open mind because I know how hard I have to work to get where I want to be. Which initially is university and then I would love to work in media such as a journalist or writer.

Some of the subjects that I excelled in were my favourite subjects such as English and History, however others such as R.E. and Maths weren’t.  I only worked really hard because I didn’t think I was very good at it. Also, I knew that having good grades in those subjects would increase my chances of succeeding in a competitive world.

I’d say my family have provided motivation by being good role models as they have worked hard and achieved good results and this has enabled them to pursue their dreams. My brother Chris is now coaching rugby and my other brother Jack and Hannah are both at university so I would like to follow in their footsteps by giving myself the opportunity to pursue a career.


 I combine my studies and my social life by seeing my friends when I can, in lunchtimes at college and weekends as I study and work in the evenings and weekends. Also, I go to the cinema and live concerts and I love listening to music and have a passion for reading.

Being an extremely premature baby has not really affected my daily life and choices because I consider myself the same as everybody else and I’ve been treated the exact same as everybody else. Being part of a relatively large family has meant that I have had no special treatment growing up as the needs of my siblings had to be considered. When I was younger I suppose it may have had a couple of repercussions, as I suffer from a tight Achilles tendon which I had lengthened. I am also to have surgery later this year for a protruding jaw. Although these may have happened anyway as there are other family members with a protruding jaw and others who suffered from a tight Achilles. Even if these are directly related to my prematurity, they do not affect my ability to do the things I wish to do.

Update August 2016

Ellie has since graduated with a 2:1 degree in Literature and Film from Warwick University. She has enjoyed her studies so much that she has decided to enrol for a Masters in Television and Film studies at the same University. Well done Ellie and many thanks to mum Fran for sharing. 

Update November 2017

Ellie has just had confirmation that she has secured an MA in Film and television with a Merit. She will graduate in January 2018. She has also just commenced a role in the E Commerce dept at Robert Dyas’ offices in London.