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Celebrating 20 Years of Part-time Degrees

First published in CommUnicate issue 316

Part-time degree graduates joined current part-time degree students and University staff recently to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of part-time degrees at Warwick.

Warwick was one of the first universities to start a Part-time Degree programme and since its inception in 1987 hundreds of local people have completed their degrees, enhancing both their professional and personal life.

Several of the first students came along to the celebration and shared how their lives had changed as a result of embarking on the programme. These included true life-long learner, Irene Ison. Irene left school at fourteen and didn’t begin studying until her children had achieved their degrees. She completed her O levels in her forties, A levels in her fifties, an undergraduate degree in Literary and Cultural Studies at Warwick in her sixties and a Masters Degree in Photography at De Montfort at seventy. She has since had 25 exhibitions and is working towards her PhD in War Photography at Coventry University; on completion she will be nearly eighty.