Middlesex University is supporting Make Your Future Happen: Discover Higher Education, a national week-long campaign aiming to increase awareness of the value of higher education.
We want to show that higher education can work for anyone, at any age, who has the ability to succeed.
But don’t take our word for it, as the best way to demonstrate the benefits of higher education is through the stories of successful students.
Just a few months ago we celebrated with our 2013 graduates, and heard some amazing stories about people who chose higher education and shaped their own future.
These included Tottenham single-mum Ambia Ali who graduated in human rights law, photographer Michelle Amosu who overcame adversity to graduate with first class honours, determined grandmother Vee Holder who graduated in early childhood studies and deaf dancer Hearns Sebuado who achieved his dream of getting a degree in dance. Find out more about Hearns’ great story through this BBC London piece.
There’s nothing better for any University than to see former students putting their skills into practice and finding success as professionals. Some of our favourite stories this year included talented designer Luke Archer who showcased his luxury fashion label’s debut collection during London Fashion Week, graphic designer Michael Harper making his mark on the industry and artist Kelvin Okafor who achieved worldwide attention when the media discovered his amazing pencil drawings.
The benefits of higher education:
• Graduates earn more - research consistently shows that having a degree will boost your earnings
• The experience - for many students university is the experience of a lifetime, where new friendships are formed and new interests flourish
• University is flexible – you don’t have to pay up front there are part-time or flexible options.
• University is open to all – where else could you learn alongside people from all ages, all backgrounds and from all over the world?
‘Make Your Future Happen: Discover Higher Education’ is co-ordinated by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) working closely with universities, colleges and higher education organisations including Universities UK, Student Finance England and the National Careers Service.