4th September 2006




Proving age is no object, one of the University of Lincolns oldest students, Jack Fell is graduating this year with a 2:2 in Criminology the day before his 80th birthday!


He enrolled at the university in 2002 and studied BA (Hons) Criminology on a part-time basis for three years, before completing the final year studying full-time.


Jack, who will be giving the student vote of thanks at the graduation ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral on Wednesday 13th September at 7.30pm, said he decided to return to the classroom following the tragic death of his wife.


I suddenly found I had a lot of time on my hands and wanted to find something to occupy my mind, said Jack. My sons who have both been to university suggested I give it a try.


I chose to study Criminology as I have always been interested in crime. I was a member of Victim Support for a number of years and a volunteer for the Witness Service at Lincoln Crown Court.


A mechanical engineer by trade Jack started out as an apprentice at Ruston and Hornsby Ltd in Lincoln and then went on to work for an engineering consultancy prior to retiring in 1992.


Despite having left school at 16 Jack said he wasnt daunted by the prospect of returning to the classroom 60 years later: I found myself in the company of lot of younger people who were all delightful to work with. The tutors and lecturers were also very helpful and dedicated to their work.


I enjoyed studying for my degree so much Im applying to do a Masters next year in Globalising Justice.


Lecturer in Criminology Dr Liam McCann said: Jack is simply a terrific student; he has a wealth of life experience, some strongly held beliefs and values. Best of all he has a wish to learn, not for the instrumentalism of career progression, but simply to fuel his understanding of the world. His enthusiasm, good humour and lovely personality have made him an asset to our programme.


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