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Post Category: Mature Students

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

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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My year studying abroad

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

The following is a guest post by Catherine Denham, a mature student now in the final year of her BA in Childhood Studies with the School of Education at Leeds. At 47 years old who would’ve thought that I could go to live and study in another country for a year? I’m a wife, mother and a proud mature student, so my successfully having taken part in the University’s Study Abroad programme means not only that I survived a year on my own but that my family survived as well. It started with an email which I received...

Categories: Achievements, Mature Students, Student Experience, Student Parents, Student Voices

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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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