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Meet our Student Ambassadors

If you attend one of our events, you might meet our friendly team of student ambassadors.

Sam JacksonSam

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2 Degree Pathway]
Year of Study: 2
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.

EmmaJamie

Course: BA (Hons) History [Part-time]
Year of Study: 5
Campus/Partner College: University of Warwick

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.

JamieJamie

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2 Degree Pathway]
Year of Study: 3
Campus/Partner College: University of Warwick

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.

Ray Ray

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [Part-time]
Year of Study: 1
Campus/Partner College: University of Warwick

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.

PaulaPaula

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2 Degree Pathway]
Year of Study: 1
Campus/Partner College: North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

I will be starting the 2nd year of the 2+2 social studies and am based at North Warwickshire college. I decided to study with the CLL after coming across the 2+2 information at the college while my son was studying there. I had always been interested in social studies and had wanted to do a degree but thought that it wouldn't be available to me. I have really enjoyed my first year and am looking forward to the next 3. The lecturers and other staff are helpful and kind and I've felt supported throughout the year.

I chose to be a student ambassador after speaking to other students that are ambassadors, the role sounded fun and interesting.

Rachel Rachel Thompson

Course: MA (Masters) in Social Work
2+2 Degree Pathway Graduate
Year of Study: 2
Campus/Partner College: University of Warwick

Hi, I’m Rachel Thompson and I’m in my final year on the Masters in Social Work programme. I have been a student ambassador for 4 years now and have loved every minute of it. I choose to be an ambassador because it is a great way to meet lots of different people, whilst promoting the Centre for Lifelong Learning and what is available for ‘mature students’. Plus the money is always a bonus. Essentially, it’s great to be able to discuss with people the courses available and listen to why they don’t think they’d be able to do it and most of the time you’re able to explain that the reason they give you wouldn’t necessarily stop them if it were what they really wanted to do.

John WinfieldJon

Course: BA (Hons) Health and Social Policy [2+2 Degree Pathway]

Year of Study: Graduated

Campus/Partner College: University of Warwick

Sue AdcockSue

Course: PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching - Fe and Skills)
2+2 Degree Pathway Graduate

Year of Study: Graduated

Campus/Partner College: University of Warwick

Emma Ray

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2 Degree Pathway]

Year of Study: 3

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

Anne-MarieAnneMarie

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2 Degree Pathway]

Year of Study:1

Campus/Partner College:
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

AlisonAlison

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [Part-time]

Year of Study:1

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

AnisaAlison

Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2 Degree Pathway]

Year of Study:2

Campus/Partner College:
Warwickshire College