John Hill on the day he was awarded his PhD – after ten years hard work – with Continuing Education Director of Academic Development and Lifelong Learning, Dr Anne Qualter
A PhD student in archaeology has graduated from the University of Liverpool this week after starting his studies almost a decade ago on a Continuing Education (CE) Course.
John Hill, 58, has been celebrating his achievement at an event hosted by the International Summer School following his graduation ceremony.
CE to MA to PhD
John worked in a bank before he started an archaeology CE course at the University of Liverpool. After completing the programme John enrolled on a Masters course in archaeology in 2005 before moving on to do his PhD investigating architectural design of pre-historic monuments. He is now a lecturer for Continuing Education and Summer School courses at the University.
Continuing Education gives anyone – from people just starting out or mid-career and hoping to progress, to those just looking to take a break or make a change – the chance to access accredited programmes which are pitched at undergraduate level.
Commenting on his graduation, John Hill said: “I’m very grateful for all the help, support and assistance that CE has provided me with. It opened the doorway to higher education for me.”
Glenn Godenho, Academic Organiser for Archaeology and Ancient Languages, said: “Continuing Education at Liverpool prides itself on providing learning for a variety of people, each with their own particular goals, and John’s progression from CE to PhD is the perfect example of just how far extra mural study can take you. John’s passion for Continuing Education and his subject means that he is one of our most popular teachers, and I am pleased to hear that he plans to continue to develop and deliver exciting courses which are allied to his unique archaeological research.”
“Delighted and proud”
Dr Anne Qualter, Director of Academic Development and Lifelong Learning, said: “We are all delighted for John and proud to have had a part in his journey. He has been a stalwart supporter of Continuing Education for many years both as a student and more recently as a lecturer.
“Opening the door to Higher Education for adults of all ages is what we are about, and John is an example of how far you can go once you take that first step.”
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