4th September 2006




A retired policeman who has worked for the United Nations in Kosovo and East Timor has put his experience of working abroad to good use by studying for a degree in International Relations.


David Pape, 54 from Nettleham, is graduating from the University of Lincoln on Wednesday 13th September at 7.30pm with upper second class honours.


David worked as an officer with the Lincolnshire Police Force during which time he went on UN missions to Bosnia and East Timor to help enlist and train democratic police forces.


After spending 30 years in the force David retired on his 49th birthday. He then went to work for the Foreign Office in Kosovo during which time he decided to enrol at the university.


According to David he was inspired by his son who also studied International Relations: “Our eldest son studied International Relations at Staffordshire University which sounded very interesting. I read a really good review of the course at Lincoln University which planted the seed in my mind.


“I have three children aged 30, 26 and 18 and I realised at the time there would be a three year gap between our children going to university so I decided I would fill it.


“Going back to university was very challenging as I had to get used to using my brain again. I’m more practical than academic and hadn’t written an essay for so many years.


“The highlight of the course was a trip to Strasbourg and Brussels in February during which we went to the European Court of Human Rights. Having taught elements of human rights whilst in the police force it was interesting to actually see it in action. I enjoyed the course so much I’m now going onto do a Masters in European Law.”


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