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Lifelong Learning Centre's posts

Below is a list of all posts written by staff from the Lifelong Learning Centre.

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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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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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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