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A helping hand

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The following is a guest post by Rob Sowden, a mature student just coming to the end of a year-long placement and who will be going into his final year studying BSc Environmental Science (having progressed from our Earth and Environmental Sciences Foundation Year) in September 2017. As the end of my second year was approaching I was struggling to realise my plan of finding a paid work placement to undertake between my second and third years of study. I had thought obtaining a placement should be fairly easy, given my previous work and life experience and having the...

Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Careers, Mature Students, Student Experience, Student Voices, Supporting Students

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Less than one week left to register to vote!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

If you haven’t already registered to vote, then there is still time…but not much. The deadline is 23:59 next Monday 22nd May. The process only takes five minutes and can be done via this webpage. There is also lots of useful information about voting on the Electoral Commission’s website, including answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. Before you decide who to vote for, check who is standing in your local area (constituency). There mightn’t be a representative for every party. Indeed, since the election has been called at quite short notice, some parties are still choosing their representative. If...

Categories: Blogging, Comment

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An excellent service

Thursday, 11 May 2017

I love my job. Yes, I am one of the lucky people who gets to say that. I have worked at the LLC for nearly five years and have watched the Centre grow dramatically in that time. I have seen people come and go, new projects started or old ones improved. One thing has not changed however - all of the staff here have the same values and are working towards the same goal, namely that of raising the aspirations of under-represented groups and giving individuals from these sorts of backgrounds a chance of coming to university. I am therefore...

Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Student Experience, Supporting Students, Widening Participation

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Onwards and upwards

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

My name is Muhammad Saleem (above far left) and I am 46 years old. I am married, have three children and I am self-employed. I came from Pakistan, English is not my first language and without formal qualifications in UK it seemed impossible to fulfil my dream of studying at university. However, the part-time Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies offered by the Lifelong Learning Centre was ideal for me in that I only had to attend the University for one day each week. The flexibility of the course suited me very well;...

Categories: Achievements, Arabic, Blogging, Mature Students, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Parents, Student Voices, Widening Participation

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Recognising soft skills

Thursday, 26 January 2017

The following is a guest post by Roland Maposa, a mature student currently in his second year studying full-time on our BA Professional Studies programme.
Welcome!... three years is not a long time, before you know it, it will be over, so make the most of your time here…
These words from the LLC School Representative Khair Yacob recently struck me; a clarion call to a fully engaged and enjoyable student experience. I realise that due to constraints and circumstances that are perhaps beyond some students’ control, ‘extracurricular’ activities and experiences can be difficult to fit in. However, I would suggest that they...

Categories: Blogging, Mature Students, Professional Studies, Student Experience, Student Voices

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