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Alumnus Griffin St Hilaire – The UN


Wolsey Hall alumnus, Griffin St Hilaire, remembers what studying with Wolsey Hall was like before the advent of the Internet. Griffin took courses in A Level Economics and Accounting with Wolsey Hall in 1982, whilst continuing to work as a high school teacher in his home country of Dominica, West Indies.


Distance learning in those days presented a few obstacles, he says:


I still consider this one of my best moments academically because of the challenges posed by doing correspondence courses in those days. There was no email at the time and the banking system was not as advanced. I remember that I had to walk and hitch rides to the nearest bank which was 17 miles away to do an International Money Order!


In spite of these challenges, Griffin has achieved considerable success. He passed both of his subjects and went on to complete a degree in Economics, an MBA and then an MA in International Relations.


Today Griffin works for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and is just two exams away from full membership of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). That’s one thing hasn’t changed in 120 years: our students’ hard work is rewarded again and again.


Are you a Wolsey Hall alumnus or alumna? We’re actively seeking stories from students past and present – email amy.hemingway@wolseyhalloxford.org.uk to share your memories!



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