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Student Journey: Carol Leach

Carol

After achieving a first class honours degree, 2+2 graduate Carol has now been awarded a scholarship to continue on to postgraduate study at the University.

The 53 year old from Bromsgrove has been awarded one of just four £5,000 scholarships awarded to home and EU based students by our Politics and International Studies Department, and will be studying for an MA in Research in Politics and International Studies.

“I was absolutely over the moon when I received the email informing me that I’d been chosen to receive the award,” said Carol. “It was a great feeling knowing that a high standing university like Warwick had faith in my academic abilities.”

Carol left education in 1975 with just a handful of GCE O Levels and opted for a full time role in administration. She eventually switched to become a professional photographer and ran her own studio until she was forced to find another career path.

“I’ve enjoyed the whole experience of learning. It’s almost addictive, and I have loved meeting other students like myself.

“After the financial collapse and crisis of 2007/2008 it became harder to earn sufficient money to support the business, myself and my business partner. It was at this point that I decided I had to look into finding an alternative career path which was difficult for me as I loved being a photographer.

“Going back into further education seemed the only option open to me, as most jobs seemed to require a degree of some sort or another. I was pretty anxious and unsure of whether I would be able to ‘learn’ and retain information, at my age, so first off I undertook an evening course at my local college to learn medical terminology, which proved to me that I could indeed remember ‘stuff’. This success drove me on and I found out about CLL 2+2 degree on line, after much googling.

“I’ve enjoyed the whole experience of learning. It’s almost addictive, and I have loved meeting other students like myself.

“If it hadn’t have been for this chance, and for the continued support of CLL and the excellent staff at Warwick, I would never have been able to benefit from this opportunity. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone doing the same.”