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Post Category: Student Voices

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

You’re never too old to learn

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

This is a guest post from Katie Perry, a mature student who graduated from Leeds this summer with a Foundation Degree in Child and Family Studies and will be going on to study for a BA in Child and Family Studies from September 2019.  I had wanted to return to education for a long time, I just lacked the confidence. I struggled at secondary school and left with some GCSEs but only one ‘good’ pass (a grade C). I then enrolled on an apprenticeship which entailed me working in a nursery for four days each week and spending...

Categories: Academic Support, Achievements, Admissions, Blogging, Child and Family Studies, Graduation, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Parents, Student Voices, Supporting Students, Widening Participation

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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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My year studying abroad

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

This 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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