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Post Category: Widening Participation

Below is a list of all posts in the category Widening Participation.

Opportunities taken

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The following is a guest post by Roland Maposa, a mature student who graduated from our BA Professional Studies programme in July 2018. When I started here at the University of Leeds my single motivation was to get the best possible classification for my chosen degree. However, the words of my school rep at the time really drove home the importance of making the most of my student experience. His words truly resonate now, as I come to the end of my time with the LLC. While my marks have remained my priority, throughout my time here I’ve come to...

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

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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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Cert HE provides foundation for success

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Five students who began their studies at Leeds on our Certificate of Higher Education in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Cert HE) graduated in July with stunning success. Samiya Zeb, who was one of our first cohort of students in 2012, stole the show by achieving a first class degree in which was greatly deserved due to the amazing amount of hard work put in and dedication shown by her over the last five years. Samiya joined us at a time where there was no provision for our students to Study Abroad as part of their progression...

Categories: Achievements, Arabic, Blogging, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Widening Participation

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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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