I feel privileged to be able to study at undergraduate level; it’s more of a challenge than ‘conventional’ night school. The tutors are very supportive and my fellow students come from all walks of life - I love the lively debates we have each week! The end-of-term assessments may seem a bit daunting but you will get plenty of help and a sense of achievement. I have studied subjects ranging from Art History to Abnormal Psychology; I even use some of the psychological knowledge I have learned to help me in my volunteer training role. Studying with the Lifelong Learning enriches my life.
I enrolled on the Arts and Humanities programme two years ago, looking for a new interest and challenge. I was a little apprehensive at first as I was unsure whether I would be able to combine study and full-time work. However, I have found all the modules thoroughly enjoyable, opening up the opportunity to study new areas in history, archaeology and history of art. The programme also provided a great introduction to the wider University. Keen to pursue my studies further, I have recently applied, and been accepted, to study for an MA in the History of Art.
When I chanced upon the online course in creative writing I had enough grounding in the craft to realise that I needed someone to take me deeper into the very foundations of storytelling. Lizzi Linklater did that and more. There are numerous great creative writing courses at a postgrad level, but Lizzi is that rare teacher who doesn't push students outside their comfort zone, she sets them free while always offering a security net. I found a teacher, mentor and a worldwide support group of fellow students. I have also just signed my first book-contract, and I write scripts.
The accredited courses offered by Lifelong Learning have all the advantages of learning for pleasure but with added motivation! Knowing I'll have to write an essay helps me focus during the course and I really enjoy doing the research for it. If it ever gets too daunting the tutors are very supportive. Having retired, the courses keep my brain active, and the wide range of people on a course usually leads to interesting classroom discussions that challenge your ideas. I have enjoyed the accredited modules so much that I have decided to take on the challenge of studying for the new part-time Masters degree in my ideal subject: English Building History.