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Post Category: Blogging

Below is a list of all posts in the category Blogging.

Practice what you preach

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Lifelong Learning Centre Creative Writing tutors, Ebba Brooks and Cath Nichols, have recently collaborated in a way that they encourage their students to do. Ebba is the managing editor of non-fiction magazine The Real Story and she recently commissioned Cath to write a piece of non-fiction that addressed the theme of ‘transitions’ for both the magazine and for a live event held during Salford’s Not Quite Light festival. Cath was nervous about doing this as the topic she wanted to highlight was her own transition from being relatively non-disabled to being disabled. Given she doesn’t...

Categories: Blogging, Creative Writing

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From community volunteer to university student

Thursday, 30 May 2019

This is a guest post from Michelle Corns, a mature student now coming to the end of her second year studying full-time on the BA Professional Studies degree at Leeds. I was a volunteer at New Wortley Community Centre, doing my stint on reception, when we received a visitor. It was Olivia from the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC), who had come to speak to us about opportunities for adult learners to progress into higher education. It’s too expensive, I’m not intelligent enough, I won’t cope with the workload, I don’t have maths, I’m too old, I won’t...

Categories: Academic Support, Achievements, Admissions, Blogging, Creative Writing, Fees, Foundation Years, Interdisciplinary Studies, Learning and Teaching, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Professional Studies, Student Experience, Student Voices, Supporting Students, Widening Participation

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The Fast Stream – it’s never too late!

Friday, 01 February 2019

This is a guest post from Ruth Smethurst, a University of Leeds graduate who joined the Civil Service Fast Stream over 10 years after earning her BA in English Language and Literature. On paper, it’s fair to say that I’m not a typical candidate for a graduate scheme. I’m mature (sort of!) at 33 years old, I have family and financial commitments and I’m not geographically mobile. And yet here I am! Making meaningful career progression whilst maintaining a balanced home life on the Civil Service Fast Stream.

How it all started

I graduated in 2006, aged 21,...

Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Careers, Graduation, Mature Students, Supporting Students

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Living with CFS

Thursday, 13 September 2018

One of our Creative Writing tutors, Cath Nichols, was very ill last year and developed CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) with pain. Last September her second poetry collection, This Is Not A Stunt (Valley Press) was launched but she found it difficult to promote it as she was so unwell. Part of being ill in this way is the unpredictability of strength and stamina a person has. Cath's walking and concentration were badly affected and she did not want to promise to guest at a poetry gig and then have to suddenly cancel! However, she did go to Scarborough for...

Categories: Blogging, Creative Writing

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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...

Categories: Blogging, Comment

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