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Post Category: Mature Students

Below is a list of all posts in the category Mature Students.

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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Finished business

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

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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Summer in China

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The following is a guest post by Roland Maposa, a mature student about to start his final year studying full-time on our BA Professional Studies programme. I would like to thank the LLC Opportunities Fund for enabling me to travel to the 2017 ‘Entrepreneurship in China’ International Summer School in Hangzhou. The summer school was attended by 37 students from 19 different universities, totalling 17 different nationalities. I felt supported by both staff from the Lifelong Learning Centre and the Leeds Study Abroad Office, especially when complications arose. The administrative team for the Summer School in China...

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

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Having an impact

Thursday, 03 August 2017

The following is a guest post by Sarah Lloyd, a mature student who has recently completed our Preparation for Higher Education course and will be starting on our BA Professional Studies degree in September 2017. Thanks to the Lifelong Learning Centre Opportunities Fund it was recently possible for me to attend the Times Education Supplement Awards 2017 in London. I was a short-listed nominee for the Community Impact Award, in recognition of the work I deliver in schools, community settings and as part of restorative justice in specific cases. I felt this was well-deserved recognition of the...

Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Voices, Widening Participation

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Celebrating the Summer School

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The ninth annual Adult Learner Summer School took place earlier this month during which 36 adults from communities across the city and beyond came to the University of Leeds to find out about routes to higher education. Attendees took part in three days of subject tasters and explored some academic and critical thinking skills for university. The group heard some of the diverse learning journeys of our students, quizzed University staff about the costs and benefits of university and enjoyed a ‘campus bingo’ tour using iPads to capture their personal perspectives of the campus. Learners’ feedback focused on how the summer...

Categories: Blogging, Mature Students, Widening Participation

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