4th May 2001




Stuart Goodacre spent 11 years working in research for social services before taking the plunge and becoming a full-time student.


In order to fulfil his career ambition to become an investigative journalist, Stuart (37) enrolled as a mature student on the BA (Hons) Journalism degree at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


He first got the taste for journalism after doing a course at the university in 1996 but he always knew that he had a talent for writing and research.


“Working in journalism requires self-confidence and studying the course has definitely given me that,” said Stuart. 


“It can be difficult for someone of my age to spend three years studying with young students, but they’ve been great – really supportive and fun to study with.”


Stuart has already gained a good deal of journalism experience during his course including meeting BBC’s Sophie Raworth and Tanya Beckett in London while they contributed to a comedy for Siren FM – the university’s student radio station.


“The good thing about studying in Lincoln is that all the facilties are grouped together so your student life fits in with the rest of your life,” – he explained. “There’s also an informal mature student support network.”


“Being a mature student lets you do what you’ve always wanted to do – there’s no discrimination against mature students by the staff, the students or the course.”


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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