Department of Sociology
“I returned to Manchester Met because of my familiarity with the university, my satisfaction with the tutors, and the award of a scholarship to pursue my studies.”
I chose to come to Manchester Met for my degree because I needed an accessible university to enable to me to continue to work full time and attend daytime lectures. I returned to the university for my MA because of my familiarity with it, my satisfaction with the tutors, and the award of a scholarship to pursue my studies.
The university was most accommodating and non-judgemental about my age and lack of official qualifications, there was flexibility in allowing some limited attendance at lectures, and guidance given – on more than one occasion – by the course leader and dissertation supervisor, both of whom were always contactable. I was also a member of the MA study group and still meet some of the other former members who were mature students.
I am interested in lecturing or providing consultancy to police forces, but this has proved difficult due to my age. Instead, I undertake freelance training work, sit as a magistrate, am involved in writing a script for a local film and I’m considering conducting further academic research, including possibly completing a PhD.
Be prepared to work individually. Take control of your own progress. Speak to your tutors regularly and voice any concerns that you may have in a timely fashion.
The thirst for knowledge and the realisation that it is accessible, which was not the case in my younger years.
The people – the tutors, students and support staff. Everyone is helpful and friendly. This makes studying a joy, particularly when feeling weary or demoralised, as happens on long study courses.