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Preston man gains history degree four decades after leaving school

Posted on - 1st August, 2023 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, UCLan
Sean Livesey with his daughter Georgina who is also studying at UCLan Pic: UCLan

Four decades after leaving school a Preston man has achieved his ambition of gaining a degree.

Sean Livesey returned to study after years working as a gas contract supervisor for the Progress Housing Group.

57-year-old Sean had studied at St Edmund Campion High School and then WR Tuson College but went straight into the world of work for the next four decades.

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Sean who gained a BA (Hons) in history said: “I can’t actually believe that after 40 years of dreaming that I’ve now achieved it. It’s been a very long time coming and for many years it seemed like to would never happen. I’m so delighted and the cherry on top of the cake is I’ve graduated with a First.”

He was awarded the Sydney Lee Prize for the best overall performance in history.

He said: “I was inspired by the enthusiasm of Dr Billy Frank. He was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, supportive and encouraged me to give it a go. It was also good to hear the positive experiences of current and former students that were conveyed at that event so from that moment I knew I was making the right decision.”

Sean juggled his studies at the University of Central Lancashire with working part-time at Royal Preston Hospital.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed expanding my historical knowledge into areas that I initially had little interest in. I’ve also made new, lifelong friends and enjoyed debating with lots of other students.

“Covid-19 was the big challenge and the move from on campus face-to-face teaching to online lectures and seminars was an adjustment, but the online content provided by the history department was second to none.”

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Sean, whose 19-year-old daughter Georgina has just completed her first year studying social work at UCLan, plans to return to the history textbooks in September.

Sean said: “I’m planning on completing a master of research in history. History is such an interesting subject and there’s always something new to learn. I also love how the scope ranges from small events in local history right through to major global conflicts which still affect the world today.”

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