Posted on 26 November 2003
The students, who have a range of educational backgrounds, are the first to gain University of York Certificates in Continuing Education (Humanities). The Certificate recognises the need to widen access to education and to provide flexible learning: no previous qualifications are needed to get onto the course.
Over eighty students are currently studying for the award, which was introduced in 2001.
The six, who are the first to achieve the award began studying when the Certificate was newly established: they range from Sandra Wadley, a dinner lady at Hob Moor Community Primary School in York, to a member of the Admissions and Schools Liaison department of the University. Sandra won an Adult Learners' Award earlier this year for outstanding achievement.
They come from Acomb, Woodthorpe, Bishopthorpe and Tadcaster, and they have studied subjects including medieval documents, York's mystery plays, and Gothic novels.
Iain Barr of the University's Centre for Continuing Education, said: "For some of the students this is the first Higher Education award they'll have received. It's a great example of lifelong learning in action, with the local community benefiting directly."