8th September 2005





Eighty-three-year old Joan Wildman, who is due to graduate from the University of Lincoln next week, enjoyed studying for her English degree so much that’s she’s decided to do another one!


Joan from Lincoln has enrolled on the BA (Hons) History degree course which starts later this month.


It was while Joan was working as an administration assistant for Anglian Water that she decided to return to education. “I was 76 years old and had been doing the same job for 21 years when one morning I was sat at my desk and suddenly thought why am I doing this? I realised at my time in life I should be doing something I really enjoy.”


Having made up her mind, Joan went to an open day at Lincoln College to enquire about taking A-Level English. “I sat down in front of the tutor and said to her, ‘Before we go any further I think I should tell you how old I am.’ “She said, ‘What’s that got to do with anything?’ “The next thing I knew I’d enrolled. I loved learning so much I decided to carry on and do a degree.


“Returning to the classroom after such a long absence hasn’t been as daunting as I thought it would be as everyone has been so helpful and friendly. I never really struggled with the generation gap as there were quite a few mature students on my course although I think I was probably the oldest!”   


Joan who is originally from London moved to Lincoln with her husband who died from illness 34 years ago. She has two daughters aged 52 and 57 who are both teachers.


Joan started studying at the University of Lincoln full-time in 2000 but had to take a year out after undergoing a hip replacement operation.


She graduates at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th September at Lincoln Cathedral.


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