Second chances for ex-offenders through education

The Longford Scholarships

Scholars report back


"All my fears about not fitting in and not coping with the work have proved to be untrue or have been easily sorted out."

Chris was one of the first two Longford Scholars appointed by the charity, he undertook a degree in Outdoor Education.

Chris reports back:

Well, here I am coming to the end of my first year studying for a degree in Outdoor  Education at St Martin¹s College in Ambleside in the Lake District.  It is part of the University of Lancaster.  I won¹t say  the academic side of life at university has been easy because it hasn¹t,  but returning to 'school' and studying this time around has been different from any previous experience because I have a genuine passion and enthuasism for what I am studying and where I wish to take my degree. This makes it seem fun to study and not such a chore as it was in the old days. If I do have any worries my personal tutor is great to talk to and our relationship is more like that of good friends than teacher and pupil.

I am lucky enough to be living in one of the most beautiful and inspirational places in Great Britain, surrounded by mountains and huge lakes. I have made friends with lots of like-minded people who are just as passionate about the outdoors as me, so am never short for a partner to go rock climbing or scrambling with.

So far going to university, helped by my Longford Scholarship, has been a great experience.  All my  fears about not fitting in and not coping with the work have proved to be untrue or have been easily sorted out by asking for help if its needed. If you are passionate about your chosen subject, with a little dedication the rest will follow.

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