Congratulations Valerie Boswell!

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Open University Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Literature


I am really indebted to the League for so generously supporting my 6 year degree course with the OU.

It was not only the financial input but also the fact that the committee felt I was worthy of consideration.

The League helped me to purchase all the necessary computer equipment and, with a lot of help from my family, I mastered the basics of the unknown world of online study. It had been 60 years since I had written an analytical essay, let alone type one with references, a word count  and then send it off!

It was a wonderful experience if daunting at times , opening new avenues and  cementing my love of reading  encompassing the richness and depth of English Literature over the years. I now read with a new insight into books from classics  to modernism. Every children’s  book  has been written by an adult to influence and reflect societies expectations of children at the time so  I read to my great grandson with new eyes!!

I was awarded  a 2:1 degree which at the age of 81 was very satisfying but I feel that I have gained so much more in self belief and confidence.

Thank you to the League for your support.

Valerie Boswell.