17th May 2000




English student Joan Wildman has proved it’s never too late to get back into education - at 78 years old she’s as keen as anyone to succeed.


Adult Learners Week begins on Saturday (20th May) and the university is running a series events to attract mature students from both ends of the age spectrum into higher education.


Joan Wildman from Western Avenue worked in administration at Anglian Water in Lincoln right up to the age of 76. Before joining the firm she was secretary to a research chemist at Walkers Crisps - but throughout her career and the years she spent raising her two daughters she never lost sight of improving her academic qualifications.


“After I retired from Anglian Water I decided to take two A-levels at a local college. I really enjoyed it - everyone was so supportive,” she said. “When I passed them I wondered what to do next, and someone suggested I go to an open day at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


“When I spoke to a lecturer at the Lincoln campus I was worried that there might be an age limit, but no - I was encouraged to sign up and I’ve never looked back. It’s hard work but I expected it to be.”


Joan left school aged 15 in 1936, later marrying Lincoln ironmonger John Wildman and the outbreak of war in 1939 put paid to her plans to take her education further. It wasn’t until her retirement just two years ago that she was able to get back to college.


Adult Learners Week Lincoln taster sessions:


·      An Introduction to Law, Saturday 20th May, 3pm.

·      Mastering the Internet, Monday 22nd May, 6pm - 7.30pm.

·      E-Commerce and Information Systems, Tuesday 23rd May, 6pm - 7.30pm.



Joan Wildman is willing to do interviews/pictures. Please ring her on 01522 520419.


Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042