Apparently, there is more to university than interest-free overdrafts, optional workloads, endless holidays, elastic deadlines, cheap travel, discount drinks and casual sex…
“If you can survive battling for fridge space and avoiding the Hoover and the washing-up, you can survive anything.”
“Your PhD thesis, probably the length of a phone book and roughly as exciting to the layman, will likely only ever be read by five people.”
“NUS card: discount card that enables you to spend even more of someone else’s money.”
Rob Ainsley enrolled in the University of Life at the start of the 1960 academic year. He is currently heading for a third. He read maths at Oxford and his tutors had to admit they were surprised when he passed his finals in 1982. Most of them thought he’d been studying something else. With his gift for storytelling and invention, Ainsley became a journalist, and later he read music at Goldsmith’s College, London.
Emma Smith began her writing career at the early age of 15 and ¾ when she appointed herself co-editor of the acclaimed Latimer & Smith. The publication was tragically short-lived. While recovering from this early setback, she managed to graduate from the University of Cambridge in 2012 clutching a wholly unexpected degree in English.
It is beneath dreaming spires and amidst red brick university towns that you will encounter the best and brightest bluffers. So get ready for tough competition…