"I have nothing but the highest regard for the lecturers."

I decided to study the Laws LLM (Masters) as my wife returned to study following retirement. The Laws LLM (Masters) tutor – Tass – introduced my wife to the notion of postgraduate study and although she decided against it, she knew it was something that I would be interested in.

I studied my first degree part-time about 30 years ago and as far as I was concerned, wasn’t going to meet the entry requirements of the programme.

Tass conducted a lot of research into determining the value of my qualifications, which was very much easier said than done. The provider at the time – Preston Polytechnic (now UCLan)  – have long since archived these records.

In the end, the University of South Wales allowed Tass to make an executive decision and I was granted a place on the programme. Tass believed in me, so I felt the need to prove that I belonged on the course.

Blackburn College is a place where you are judged for who you are and it has a friendly atmosphere. It does not feel like an academic production line. There is a camaraderie here between a diverse group of people that has truly made this experience very worthwhile and I will undoubtedly miss them when my time here is over.

The lecturers have a level of knowledge and understanding which I don’t believe can be rivalled. I like to challenge and they take challenges very much in good humour – which has enabled me to develop strong relationships with them. I have nothing but the highest regard for the lecturers.

Next steps for me? I’m retired, so I am not looking to pursue a career of sorts. However, I am considering a local political role as part of Livesey Parish Council. I really want to help to improve Blackburn and feel the LLM will support me on this journey.