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Post Category: Widening Participation

Below is a list of all posts in the category Widening Participation.

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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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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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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