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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, Student Experience, Student Voices

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New study assessing outreach work with adults

Friday, 21 October 2016

The University of Leeds is to take part in a new research project to determine the best ways universities can reach out to mature learners, particularly those in under-represented groups.

The six-month project, commissioned by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), will address a critical gap in Widening Participation policy: sector understanding of outreach aimed at adults rather than school pupils, and looking at groups currently under-represented in higher education. We will be working in conjunction with The Open University, the University of Bristol and Birkbeck, University of London, to produce a series of case...

Categories: Blogging, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Widening Participation

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Moving on…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The following is a guest post by Fi McClelland, a mature student who was one of the first cohort to graduate from our Professional Studies degree following its introduction in September 2013. The day of the graduation in July 2016 made me realise just how far I had progressed throughout my academic career, and I felt a real sense of personal triumph and accomplishment. Undeniably it was hard work, however to be awarded a 1:1 classification really made the whole experience and journey so incredibly worthwhile. Throughout my time at Leeds I have not only enhanced my academic knowledge and...

Categories: Achievements, Mature Students, Student Experience, Student Voices, Widening Participation

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Meeting the Matrix standard

Thursday, 13 October 2016

I am delighted to announce that our free and impartial Pre-entry information, advice and guidance (IAG) service has once again been accredited as meeting the Matrix quality standard. Accreditation by Matrix is such good news as it’s a sign to people walking through our doors that the service they will receive from us will be objective, impartial and delivered to a high standard. Matrix accreditation is the industry standard for IAG and the assessment process looks in detail at what we offer. For example, in order to receive the accreditation we need to show we offer truly impartial advice and...

Categories: Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Supporting Students, Widening Participation

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Moving on…

Thursday, 06 October 2016

The following is a guest post by Alison Webster-Rudge, a mature postgraduate student who began her career at Leeds with the Lifelong Learning Centre. I left school with almost no qualifications. I wasn’t incapable, just bored and a bit lazy. There wasn’t any external motivation to succeed, no one seemed to care, so why should I? That was education in the early 1980s. It wasn’t long after I left school that I wanted to go back, realising the grass was much greener where I had been, not where I was heading. A few months working in a shoe shop on a...

Categories: Achievements, Mature Students, Student Experience, Student Voices, Widening Participation

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