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Post Category: Supporting Students

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

A letter from China

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

This is a guest post by Karolina Glasek, who recently progressed onto a BA History degree at Leeds after having completed the Arts and Humanities Foundation Year with the LLC. I recently spent four weeks at the 2019 International Summer School at Fudan University. The courses I took were ‘Beginners Chinese’ and ‘Cultural Resources of Cities in China’. The trip was a fantastic experience as I was able to learn new things, not only academically, but also personally and professionally. I met like-minded people who were also keen to spend their summer at another university, while exploring...

Categories: Arts and Humanities, Blogging, Foundation Years, Student Experience, Student Voices, Supporting Students, Widening Participation

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LLC student joins international entrepreneurs boot camp

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Three student entrepreneurs at Leeds, including the LLC’s very own Sarah Lloyd (photographed above on the far left by Hummingbird's Photography), travelled to China to take part in an international entrepreneurs’ bootcamp in July, thanks to a collaboration between the University of Leeds Business Confucius Institute and Spark, the University’s business start-up service. The ‘Young Entrepreneurs to China’ event is hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) - Leeds’ Chinese partner university - and organised by the Confucius Institute at Victoria University, Australia. This was the first time that this event was...

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

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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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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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