Some Past and Current Students
Nelson Mandela - anti-apartheid activist, politician, philanthropist, human rights advocate - is an example of what can be achieved through true dedication. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years before becoming the first black President of South Africa, 1994-99. He was instrumental in bringing an end to apartheid. We’re proud to say that during his time in Robben Island prison, Mandela studied for his London University LLB through a correspondence course with Wolsey Hall Oxford – a true inspiration to distance learning students everywhere! “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
Prime Minister George Michael Chambers
George Michael Chambers, 1928-1997, was the successful second Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Born in Port-of-Spain, Chambers was proud that his education included a GCE correspondence course from Wolsey Hall Oxford. A month before the 1981 election he vowed to deal with corruption: "When I say that I mean wherever the axe will fall the man is going to get chopped…" Chambers in his first months of office also advised against competent and capable people remaining on the sidelines. He famously declared: "What is right, must be kept right and what is wrong, must be set right…"
Dr. A.B. Assensoh
Dr. A.B. Assensoh studied with Wolsey Hall many years ago. He learned about Wolsey Hall through his uncles, who studied through correspondence in Ghana, and used 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 – he taught for 16 years at Indiana University as a tenured professor, and is now a Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon, where his wife, Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, is a professor of Political Science. The Assensohs have also co-authored a number of books, including a biography of Malcom X, and enrolled their son, Livingston, in a Wolsey Hall course!
Ben is a testament to the power of determination and hard work: after struggling in school, leaving with no qualifications, and working for 15 years as a welder, he recently earned a degree from the Open University and is now enrolled on our IGCSE English and Maths courses to further improve his employability. "If you have ever imagined leaving your unfulfilling, tedious job and doing something that you always wanted to do, it is totally possible if you put in the work and get the relevant qualifications. The sense of achievement and the broadening of your horizons is reason enough to take any course at all," Ben says.
Sir Harold Evans
Sir Harold Matthew Evans, a British-born journalist and writer who was editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, studied Economics at Wolsey Hall Oxford whilst an RAF airman at the end of WW2. He mentions his association with the college in his autobiographical book ‘My Paper Chase – True Stories of Vanished Times’. 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.
Cherry enrolled with Wolsey Hall to earn her Biology A level. "Wolsey Hall was the only distance learning provider that was able to manage the coursework element of the A Level Biology course - which is a really important aspect," Cherry says. "The course books and information came very quickly after signing up and I was enrolled onto the learning system immediately so I was able to start as soon as possible. My tutor was great, really helpful and on hand whenever I needed and provided thorough feedback on assessments and especially on coursework."
Griffin St Hilaire
Griffin St Hilaire took courses in A Level Economics and Accounting with Wolsey Hall in 1982, while 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: "There was no e-mail 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!" Griffin has since 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, and today he works for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Jean studied with Wolsey Hall in the 1970s, and went on to become a teacher. "I studied four A levels at Wolsey Hall and did them very, very, quickly - English, Sociology, History and Government & Politics. The latter tutor was superb and in spite of only 6 months study I passed with a high grade. I started a degree and achieved 2.1 in Politics & English and a PGCE at Leeds University. I gained a Cert In Special Needs at Bradford University. I worked for Juvenile Justice in Huddersfield and was commended by the judge for my report writing. I did a journalism course - I campaign on health issues and Older People's Concerns. I write regularly for the papers. Without Wolsey Hall none of this would have been possible as l was a housewife with four young children and running a business. Above all l had a very supportive husband!"