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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: 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.

EmmaJamie

Course: BA (Hons) History [Part-time]
Year of Study: 6
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: 4
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.

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.

kellyKelly

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

Year of Study:2

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

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.

grahamGraham

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

Year of Study:1

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

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.

jonJon

Course: MA (Masters) in Social Resarch, 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.

zoeZoe

Course:Social Studies [2+2]

Year of Study:4

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

My name is Zoe. I am 36, a single parent and I am in my final year. I am majoring in CLL and I am considering studying for a masters next year. I enrolled in the 2+2 course in 2015 when my daughter was only 2 years old. I had heard about the course through a friend and decided to go for it. I had worked part time in hospitality for 18 months and I knew I had to make a decision about which way my life would go. I was academically minded at school but could not afford to attend university then. Coming back to HE has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I feel empowered and optimistic about a possible career after I graduate. I have a bright future full of opportunity I did not have before. University of Warwick is a great place to learn about, and critique the world around you. It has changed how I think and my love for learning has returned. This is mainly thanks to the lecturers and staff. Nothing is too much trouble, they are very supportive and flexible, and they are genuinely inspiring people. Many of whom also come from working class backgrounds. The work is designed, delivered and assessed in a way specifically for mature students and it is easy to come to class in the beginning, without having ever studied the topics before. I have made some friends for life over four years as well. I cannot recommend the degree enough. It has given me hope and motivation during a time when I had nothing. If I can do it anyone can. No one has been to university in my family for two generations. Now my daughter talks about coming here and following in my footsteps. She is only 5 and she loves coming to campus. Setting a good example to her is important to me and I can't think of a better way of showing her what she can achieve.

Emma Ray

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

Year of Study: 4

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

Anne-MarieAnneMarie

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

Year of Study:2

Campus/Partner College:
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

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

Year of Study:2

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileMichael

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

Year of Study:1

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileKiera

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

Year of Study:1

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileOuafaa

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

Year of Study:2

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileLucy

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

Year of Study:4

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileLeigh

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

Year of Study:3

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileVicky

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

Year of Study:Graduate

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileSamantha

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

Year of Study:3

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileNoor

Course:Social Studies (Part-time)

Year of Study:1

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileMarta

Course:MA in Social Work

Year of Study:1

Campus/Partner College:
University of Warwick

blankprofileAlison

Course:Social Studies [2+2]

Year of Study:3

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