[Press & Publications] 'Lucky Thirteen's Part-Time Degree Joy



July 2000

No 138

Thirteen is a lucky number for some! That was the number of students who completed the part-time BA in Humanities degree offered by the University of Leicester.

This is an evening-taught degree course offered at Vaughan College, the University's centre in Leicester.

Dr David Parsons, Head of Adult Education at the University, said: "The students graduating this year have persevered for between five and eight years' part-time study to reach graduate status - in many cases from a basis of minimal or no educational qualifications.

"A further group of five students pursued the parallel strand leading to the BA in World Humanities, making eighteen graduands in all.

"Their results are impressive- there were four Firsts and two-thirds of the candidates gained a good enough result to proceed to postgraduate degree work. This result, statistically remarkable enough, has to be seen against their age profile: they are not only mature students in the technical sense, but they are all old enough to have full life commitments of demanding jobs, ageing parents, errant teenage children - not to mention possible remnants of a social life.

"Many of them travel considerable distances after a full day at work to attend classes at Vaughan College. This is what Lifelong Learning is really about."

The students will receive their degrees at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, on 19 July at 11.00 am. More than 3,000 students are being awarded degrees at ceremonies between July 19-21.

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