If you attend one of our events, you might meet our friendly team of student ambassadors.
Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2 Degree Pathway]
Year of Study: 3
Campus/Partner College: North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
Hello, my name is Sam and I am going into my third year of the Social Studies 2+2 degree course with Warwick University. I chose this course as primarily I am looking to broaden my job prospects. I have opted to major in Health and Social Policy for my final two years as I feel this aspect of the course has interested me the most. Though, I have find it interesting how the different subjects I have taken so far interlock, developing my understanding of how society has progressed into what we know today. I am not your typical student having returned to education after 12 years out in the world of work. I have a three-year-old boy and live with him and my Husband. I became a Student Ambassador for CLL as I felt my life experiences would allow me to relate to other in a similar situation, wanting to get back into education or improve their job opportunities but not knowing how. By completing my degree, I hope to improve our future prospects and achieve my potential.
I was really happy to be approached to act as an ambassador for the Centre of Life Long Learning at Warwick University. I came across the CLL almost by accident and am now amazed to be doing my final year modules in History and Social Sciences. I hope to graduate next year with a Ba in History after studying part-time for six years. I started when I was 50 years old and feel so glad that I took that giant leap of faith. Considering I was never academically minded and leaving school with few qualifications to my name, I felt very brave. It is a real challenge but I would encourage anyone to have a go as the opportunity to study at such a great University should not be missed. Warwick University has great facilities and support for students of all ages and disciplines which I look forward to sharing with all those I meet.
Hello, my name is Jamie Naughton, I am currently a year 3 undergraduate student who is preparing for my final year of 2+2 BA Social Studies Degree.
As a 41-year-old married mother of two children, aged 7 and 4. My journey began in 2015 following an inspiring conversation with a mum at my daughter’s school who was on this same course and in her final year.
At this time, I was coming to the end of my maternity leave and wasn’t really looking forward to returning to my job. I had worked in my position as an NHS Administrator for CAMHS for 16 years. Whilst I enjoyed my job and was diligent in my role I felt that I had much more to offer but restricted by the absence of a degree.
In October 2015, my student life began, and it would be honest to say that initially, I found the experience very intimidating as I had been out of education for over 20 years. As I quickly became immersed in my studies my confidence grew beyond anything I had previously experienced and I settled down to enjoy studying.
I choose the Centre of Lifelong Learning because the modules they were offering were all interesting and, in many ways relative to life experience. Centre of Lifelong Learning is always willing to help students and the staff are very friendly and approachable. There are many others day courses that helped me to write essays from critical writing to even note-taking, these were all available for free. I felt that after studying at city college for 2 years I was prepared for student life at Warwick.
The role of student ambassador is attractive to me because along with encouraging others to further themselves I feel that I personally will both benefit and be enriched by the role. It is important to share knowledge and experience with others and as a student ambassador, I would hope to contribute to giving others the confidence to embark on their own journey.
I left education in 1969 with some qualifications which are no longer relevant.
Have been involved in training for over 20 years as a tutor, training manager, NVQ Centre co-ordinator/manager and a self-employed trainer, supply teacher. Was heavily involved in NVQ’s as an assessor and internal verifier and also their training, and production of NVQ.
On my retirement in February 2017 at 65 was looking for a new challenge. My daughter was in her first year of studying Criminology and Psychology at Coventry University and I would proofread her assignment and discuss her studies. I became aware of the Gateway course and met with the tutor and felt that as a mature student I could give an insight into changes in history from a personal perspective.
I chose to become a Student Ambassador as I believe education should be available to all regardless of their individual circumstances.
I am currently a year 2 undergraduate student who progressed from the Gateway course in 2017 to study full time on the BA Social studies Degree.
I am a busy mother to 4 boys between the ages of 7 and 14 and my journey began early 2017 when my son in year 5 at the time was graduating at Warwick through a school programme, it was at that graduation evening that I heard about Gateway to Higher Education course and instantly thought this is my chance to finally achieve something. I was so proud of myself for completing the Gateway course and it wasn’t long before life as I know it now began. lectures, seminars and meeting some amazing people.
CLL offers interesting modules and, in many ways relative to life experience. The centre as a whole are friendly and welcoming, and always willing to support their students.
The role of student ambassador interest me because for the last 2 years I have been so focused on readings and essays, I haven’t really had the chance to engage with that many new people, I’m very shy and this is a new challenge for me. Something I feel passionate about is to promote CLL so other adults can have the same chance as me of achieving something, that may not have been possible before.
I am lucky to be retired and I am enjoying life to full. My background has always been in Banking and Finance, but along this long journey my hobbies have remained with me. These included all aspects of listening and playing music (guitar and drums/keyboards to a lesser degree). My interest in music has allowed me to be a presenter on a local community radio station where I have my own show. With regarding to voluntary work I volunteer with around 8 organisations with varying roles. I have found that volunteering gives to organisation help and support which is much needed. It also helps the individual gain confidence and explore new ventures and is very social. I like many people these days suffered and struggled with depression and anxiety due the fact that I was bullied at work and at the same time my son was sent to Afghanistan on a bomb detection unit. I attended a course through the mental health charity MIND to allowed me to understand and cope with how I was feeling. This course and the support changed my life. Moving forward I now teach this course and I am able to help and support people who "want to get their old selves back". Your never too old to start something new and challenging like University or to recover from anxiety/low self-esteem. Be strong.
Course: MA (Masters) in Social Research, Graduate of BA (Hons) Health and Social Policy [2+2 Degree Pathway]
Year of Study: 1
Campus/Partner College: University of Warwick
I graduated last year and am now studying for an MA in Social Research at Warwick. My future plans are to either get a job doing research for government or possibly do a PhD. My passion is to make sure education is available to everyone, when and if they want to study. I didn’t go to University when I was 18 like most people but had a job. I worked for McDonald's and became a manager before moving on to other things. I then worked for Walkers Crisps for several years as a sales rep. but finally decided the time was right to start to study. I wasn’t ready at 18 but as I got older, I wanted to restart my education.
I’m a third-year student at Warwick, studying Early Childhood (part-time). I’m currently in the final year of my Foundation Degree, which I will complete next term, then I will move on to the BA (Hons) top-up. I am thoroughly enjoying both my time at Warwick, and the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood.
Outside of my studies, I’m a wife and a mother. I have a beautiful three-year-old daughter, who I love spending time with. I also have a passion for travelling and I make a point of visiting a new country every year. This year’s new country was Russia, which was just fab! I find travel so enriching, for both myself and my family. I think it’s wonderful to be able to visit new places, meet new people and learn about different cultures.
I was attracted to the student ambassador role because I think that the Centre for Lifelong Learning is an integral part of the University of Warwick, and we need to be out in the community promoting it. I strongly believe that you are never too old to learn and the CLL gives adults the opportunity to return to education, change their career, and, more importantly, achieve a degree later in life.
I am currently in my final year of the Social Studies 2+2 degree at the University of Warwick. I am 45 years old, married and have two children, aged 19 and 12. My eldest child is also attending university, so we will both be graduating in 2020.
My Journey began in 2014 when I decided to take voluntary redundancy after 16 years of working for a large Insurance Company. I held various roles within the company and loved working with the people but felt that it was a great opportunity to start a new chapter in my life.
I came across the 2+2 degree by chance as I decided to attend an open evening being held at Solihull College. I started my degree in October 2016, it was a little overwhelming because I had not been in any form of education for over 20 years. The 2+2 is a great way of re-introducing students back into education by attending the first two years of the degree at college and then the final two years at Warwick.
I became a CLL student ambassador in 2019. It has been a great experience as it has given me the opportunity to share my experience with adults who may be considering returning to education. It has also allowed me to speak to new students and offer them some reassurance. I also hope that I have been a role model to my children to show them that anything is possible.