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Here are our latest blog posts.

Moving on

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The following blog is a guest post from Michael Row, a BA Politics student at Leeds who is about to study for a year at George Washington University on the Study Abroad programme and who recently completed an internship with the Lifelong Learning Centre. I joined the LLC as a Social Media Intern in June 2018. From the outset the ethos and mission of the department left a deep impression on me. My father enrolled on a degree with The Open University when I was very young and I’ve witnessed first-hand how empowering and emancipating education can...

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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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Graduation – Marcella’s story

Thursday, 19 July 2018

The following is a guest post by Marcella Manfredonia, a mature student who graduated from Leeds with a BA in Learning and Teaching in July 2018. I feel like I ended up embarking on the BA Learning and Teaching almost by chance. I had worked for a charity for ten years but there seemed to be a dramatic switch in the direction it was heading, and it no longer felt like the place for me, so I needed to explore new avenues. I sought advice and the best suggestion received was to volunteer in my son’s classroom as a Teaching Assistant, which...

Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Learning and Teaching, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Voices

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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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