Working in the printing industry since leaving school at 16, Ian had always reflected on “what could have been” if he’d taken a more academic route.

Working in the printing industry since leaving school at 16, Ian had always reflected on “what could have been” if he’d taken a more academic route.

Forty-four year old Ian Palin hopes to trade in his printing press for pupils and black boards after completing the University’s Fastrack course.

Working in the printing industry since leaving school at 16, Ian had always reflected on “what could have been” if he’d taken a more academic route. With the recent and steep decline in demand for printers and print companies, his reflections led him to consider a return to education.

“Obviously the changes in my industry were a contributing factor in returning to education, but my main inspiration for applying to Edge Hill has come from my two young boys, aged seven and five.

“Helping them with school work and their own personal development inspired me to become a primary school teacher, my dream career,” Ian said.

After attending weekly introduction sessions at the University throughout October 2015, Ian went on to complete the six week intensive Fastrack course during June and July 2016 which focuses on study skills such as essay writing, report writing, revision and examination techniques, presentation skills, time management, action planning and course evaluation.

“I was totally overwhelmed by how helpful my tutors and the staff were throughout the course. On several occasions I emailed tutors with questions about my subject and received an almost instant response. The staff who ran the course were always very willing to give advice and answer any questions myself and other students had.

“In order to progress through to the primary teaching degree I needed to pass the Qualified Teacher Status skills tests. To help me succeed in my studies, Edge Hill provided support sessions free of charge and without these I’m not sure I would have passed,” Ian said.

Ian said he would encourage anyone considering the Fastrack course to give it a go regardless of their abilities.

“If I could give advice to anyone starting the course it would don’t worry! If you’re concerned about your ability and how you’ll cope with going back to studies, you’re not the only one feeling that way and there is so much support waiting for you. The staff at Edge Hill create a great environment for learning and they want you to succeed. Fastrack will bring out the best in you,” Ian said.

Fastrack is an intensive, free programme for adults. It has been designed to provide the skills and knowledge to prepare participants for an Edge Hill degree.

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