University offers courses in Stranraer

The students are studying the Text and Communications module, which is one of the foundation courses in the new Crichton BA degree. The course will be delivered one day a week over 12 weeks in the town, with a personal tutor on hand to work with the group. Lectures will be delivered via the high tech video link from the campus.

Jessie Milby is one of the students "I want to broaden my interests," she said. "I really like studying to keep my mind alert and active since I retired from my work at the Clenoch Maternity Unit. I left school with only two 'O' levels, so this is a real challenge."

George Nixon is from Portpatrick. " I think this is a great idea. Text and Communication seems to be a very useful course for me, as I would like to go into graphic art. I've not had any higher education before." Stephanie Hughes has just come to live in Wigtown. "I like the idea of using this course to gain access to the University for other course", she said. "I was surprised it was so easy to apply - I didn't expect it to be like that."" Desmond O'Donnell also lives in Portpatrick. "I retired three years ago, " he said. "I've been spending my time writing, but getting nowhere fast. I'd like to learn to use the Internet, and to hone my writing skills. Some people think that because you've reached a certain age, you cannot learn. It's not true and I hope to prove it."

There are 15 places on the course (with a couple still available) and students will be able to earn credits towards a Crichton degree. Those over 21 who successfully complete the course will also have the opportunity to consider enrolling as undergraduates in Dumfries.

The project is funded by a partnership between the University of Glasgow Crichton Campus, Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway Council Adult Education Service, the European Social Fund and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC). This is the second phase of a pilot programme to demonstrate that higher education can be rolled out into rural areas. The first phase, held in Langholm, during the autumn, attracted a small group of students who successfully completed the module and are now planning to continue their studies.

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1. A photo of the four students quoted is available electronically or as hard copy. 2. Anyone interested in applying for the course should ring Wendy Anderson on 01387 702026 3. For further information or to obtain a photo, please contact the University of Glasgow Crichton Campus Press Officer, Carol Godridge on 013787 702047 on 0771 2000879 (mobile)

First published: 6 February 2001