19th May 2000




Art has been a lifelong passion for 75-year-old John Bettles, but it wasnt until two years ago that he took the opportunity to study the subject at university.


Hull-born John is a Fine Art student at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, who went full-time after keeping well ahead with his work at the city centre campus.


John, from North Road, Hull, took a two-year art course in the city in his youth, but the outbreak of war and his career as a draughtsman and engineer meant he never found the opportunity to take it up seriously.


I always knew I would get around to studying art one day, he said. Its never too late, but I dont think a lot of people realise the opportunities that are out there just waiting to be taken up.


John spent four years of the war in the RAF, flying out from what is now Humberside Airport on bombing raids to Germany.


As part of Adult Learners Week, taster sessions have been organised at the university for Computer Aided Design in the Department of Engineering on Tuesday 23rd May, and on Thursday 25th May prospective students can gain an insight into the diverse range of courses offered in the Hull Business School.


In higher education a mature student is anyone over the age of 21, and would-be returners can speak to staff in the Marketing Department to find out how the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside can help them. Call 01482 440550.




Sam Hendley Press Officer. Tel: 01522 886042.