17 May 2004
Sussex students shine in Adult Learners Week
Women's drinking habits in the 1980s, anti-nuclear protest stories and a study of allotments are just some of the fascinating research projects undertaken by adult learners heading back to study at the University of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education(CCE).
The centre, which offers part-time courses in subjects ranging from management and geology to gardens, history and creative writing, is celebrating Adult Learning Week (May 15-21) with a clutch of student successes:
- Georgina Rebera a mother of four from Moulsecoomb, Brighton, has won the Adult Learner of the Year Award. Her part-time studies developed into a BA degree in Cultural Studies and she is now contemplating a new career as a teacher, while juggling voluntary work and family responsibilities. She has also designed a web site for her local community.
- MA Life History Research students Krista Woodley and Sam Carroll have been published in the academic journal Oral History. The course involves interviewing and collecting people's real-life experiences to gain a unique view of society and historic events. Sam's article focused on six interviews with members of the 1960s anti-nuclear protest group, the Committee of 100, while Krista analysed real-life speech by turning it into poetry.
- Another MA student at Sussex, Val Ferry, has been asked to help with a national history project about allotments for the University of Reading. She will look at documents tracing the history of allotments in the South of England dating back to the 18th century. Val, a keen gardener, is researching an MA on women allotment holders
Sam Carroll craved intellectual stimulation while raising three children and helping to build her own home on the edge of Brighton. She completed her MA last year, which led to the Oral History article, based on her research into women and political protest. Sam, who is now going to start a DPhil, says: "I thoroughly enjoyed the course. What has been especially positive for me is that it has directed me towards a specific area of interest."
Krista Woodley, an e-learning designer, opted for a four-day working week so that she could take on her MA and develop her creative side. This has already resulted in her paper in Oral History. She is now concentrating on her dissertation, researching women's drinking habits in the 1980s through letters from the University's Mass-Observation Archive. Krista says: "It's a bit of a job to juggle it all, but I love the intellectual challenge."
Alistair Thomson, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, says: "The CCE programmes attract enthusiastic part-time adult students who bring a wealth of experience to their studies and who then take their learning back into their own lives, communities and workplaces."
From 2005, Life History Research MA students will be able to take up a work placement with an archive or museum. The centre is also offering Saturday taster sessions in June for prospective students.
Notes for editors
- For more information about CCE, visit www.sussex.ac.uk/cce
- For information on Adult Learner's Week, call the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education on 0116 204 4200.
University of Sussex Press Office contacts: Jacqui Bealing or Maggie Clune, Tel. 01273 678888, J.A.Bealing@sussex.ac.uk or M.T.Clune@sussex.ac.uk.
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