We’re proud to say that during his time in Robben Island jail, Nelson Mandela studied for his London University Law degree through a correspondence course with Wolsey Hall Oxford – a true inspiration to distance learning students everywhere!
Nelson Mandela’s courage changed the world. He died in December 2013, at the age of 95, but his legacy lives on, and we will always take his wise words to heart:
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
S.R. Nathan was President of Singapore from September 1999 – August 2011. Nathan describes in his autobiography, “An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency” how his lack of a formal education was holding him back in his career.
In his twenties, he decided to rectify this by enrolling on a Wolsey Hall Oxford correspondence course gaining, in 1951, a very respectable Cambridge Grade II certificate. He sadly passed away on 22nd August 2016.
Sir Harold Evans – British-born journalist and editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981 – studied Economics with Wolsey Hall Oxford.
In 2000 he was named one of International Press Institute’s 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past fifty years.
In 2004, he was knighted by the British Crown for services to journalism.
George Chambers – The second post-independence Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago 1981 -1986.
The People’s National Movement records that Chambers’ education included a GCE correspondence course with Wolsey Hall Oxford. He rose to political importance in 1981 by becoming Prime Minister. He carved out his own confident style and vowed to deal with corruption as one of his first pledges on becoming Prime Minister.
Dr. A.B. Assensoh studied with Wolsey Hall many years ago. He learned about Wolsey Hall Oxford through his uncle who studied through Wolsey Hall for his G.C.E. and “O” and “A” level qualifications.
Education has continued to play a significant role in Dr. Assensoh’s life – and he is now a Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon. He has recently enrolled his son, Livingston, on a Wolsey Hall Oxford course. Three generations of Wolsey Hall students!
Playwright Raymond Van Over won the 2017 Kaplan Prize for his play ‘Bruno’. He is the author of over 30 books and was a screenwriter for films and documentaries, including the Academy Award nominated ‘A Portrait of Giselle.’
He studied Ancient History & Early Literature and German with Wolsey Hall, and went on to study French Civilization and Literature at the Sorbonne.
Griffin St Hilaire took courses in A Level Economics and Accounting with Wolsey Hall Oxford in 1982, while continuing to work as a high school teacher in his home country of Dominica, West Indies.
Griffin has since achieved considerable success. He passed both of his A level exams and went on to complete a degree in Economics, an MBA and an MA in International Relations. Today he works for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Andrew Campbell, who studied British History and Sociology at Wolsey Hall Oxford, is now an Artist and Teacher based in Oxford.
In 2015 he started to work with a young orphan in Kathmandu, who had spent many harrowing years in bonded labour. There are 160 million children in slavery and bondage around the world. He hopes that one day some of the children from his ‘school’ will graduate from Wolsey Hall Oxford!