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Graduation – Joel’s story

Thursday, 19 July 2018

The following is a guest post by Joel Davison, a mature student who graduated from Leeds with a BA in Professional Studies in July 2018. When I discovered the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds I was over the moon to find out that I could go to university without the traditional academic qualifications. Although I had GCSEs I did not have 'A' Levels, but instead was accepted on the basis of my work and life experiences. It was daunting leaving an already established career to return to academic work, but with the support of the team...

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

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Minister for which students?

Friday, 02 March 2018

This piece was first posted on the website for the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, of which our Director Tony Ellis is currently the Honorary Secretary. In his keynote speech at the launch of the Office for Students, Sam Gyimah reminds us that he has pledged himself to be “Not just a universities minister, but also a minister for students”. A worthy aim, but read his speech and you get a clear idea who he has in mind when he thinks of students. There are references to “anxious parents and grandparents worried about student fees”, students...

Categories: Blogging, Comment, Mature Students, Policy, Widening Participation

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Do it for you

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The following is a guest post by Tracy Hyde, a mature student currently studying for a BSc in Mental Health Nursing at Leeds. I went back to Leeds City College to study English and Maths. I needed the qualifications to progress into nursing which was something I'd always wanted to do. I also wanted to prove that having children at a young age did not mean my life, ambitions and dreams were over. I worked in insurance for 13 years but my heart was never in it, so I had a job change and started working as a PA for a lady...

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

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Finished business

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The following is a guest post by Simon West, a mature student who graduated from Leeds University Business School with a first class Honours degree in July 2017. When I was in my last year at Allerton High School, I thought that I had it all worked out. My mocks predicted that I would receive either A*, A's or B's for all eight GCSEs and be able to choose whichever route I wanted. My exams were coming up when my Grandma, who I lived with, was taken ill. My Grandma died at home on the Friday night during...

Categories: Achievements, Business and Management, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Voices

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Challenges met

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The following is a guest post by Amanda Richardson, a mature student who graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in Professional Studies in July 2017. In 2011 I was pregnant, and had started to become dissatisfied with my job. I decided that I wanted to return to higher education and was inspired by several friends who had already done so. After doing some research online I decided that the University of Leeds offered the course I wanted to do. Getting in touch with the Lifelong Learning Centre was one of the best decisions I ever made. My...

Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Graduation, Mature Students, Professional Studies, Student Parents, Student Voices

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