“I don’t regret the route I took - I have had some great jobs, I’ve travelled, I’ve been happily married for 30 years and I’ve loved bringing up the kids, but I always felt there was an outstanding thing that I wanted to do. And actually, studying at this stage in my life, I feel that I was ready – I perhaps couldn’t have done it in my twenties."
"I am very grateful to Anne Grimley and the staff at NWHC for their support as well as all CLL. It is not an easy transition into HE at my age although the best testament is ‘I would do it all again’. Personally, it has been a fantastic journey from where I started to having a degree and ambitions."
"I felt very brave. I have found it challenging but I would encourage anyone to do it. 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."
"My child changed the direction of my life. The positives of joining as an adult learner are, you really know what you want. I really didn't know this is what I wanted to do when I was leaving school. But now this is definitely the field I need to be in."
“As a young adult I was never sure of what career path I wanted to travel along. I think as a more mature student I have now had time to gain a bigger picture of the world and build up clearer idea of what I want from life and from a career.”
Gateway to HE (Short Courses)
“I didn’t think l could achieve a first, but l was very determined to achieve a first,” said Nicolie.
"I think the CLL has played a pivotal role in my return to higher education. I have been quite lucky, as l have had the opportunity to meet the supportive staff."
After learning about the Gateway to HE course, Ray applied and began studying on the FREE 12 week programme.
After successful completion of the Gateway to HE programme, Ray joined CLL as a Part-time student in BA (Hons) Social Studies where he is currently sitting modules for his first year.
“Do not let your own thoughts or thoughts from family and friends put you off. Thoughts like ‘I’m not clever enough’ or ‘I’d never be able to afford to do it’ or ‘I’m too old’ are just myths, and if you really want to do something and make the changes in your own life you really can.”
“I found that it doesn’t matter if you have not achieved academically in the past if you want to learn. The University of Warwick’s Centre for Lifelong Learning gives the support and encouragement to achieve.”
“If it is the right thing for you, I would encourage anyone and everyone to return to education. The most important thing you need is enthusiasm for learning.”
"I’ve learned that it is never too late to learn, and my brain can retain information and I can get out of my comfort zone to achieve my dreams. I have extended my own chances of getting roles in different employment sectors and become a good positive role model for my children."