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Post Category: Student Parents

Below is a list of all posts in the category Student Parents.

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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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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Supporting students to access ‘opportunities’

Friday, 20 March 2015

We all understand that having a degree alone will not secure a graduate job. Students also need to have extracurricular experience. The University and Leeds University Union make a varied range of good quality experiences available: volunteering opportunities; paid internships; work experience placements; student societies; being a student representative; short summer abroad opportunities and more.  As staff we encourage students to take advantage of these for personal and professional development and to add value to their CV. As the long vacation approaches, we ramp up the pressure to ‘do something’ by sending...

Categories: Mature Students, Student Experience, Student Parents

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Some tips on juggling study with family commitments

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sociology and Social Policy Student Josina Maynard
Alongside my day job as a tutor in the Lifelong Learning Centre, I am also a student parent; I have a seven year old daughter and am in year two of a Doctorate in Education. This situation allows me to empathise with many of our learners in the Lifelong Learning Centre, who are also juggling study with work and family commitments. As anyone in a similar situation who is contemplating a return to education will know, time constraints are often a concern. It can seem quite a challenge to imagine how you will fit extra...

Categories: Academic Support, Learning, Student Parents

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