Catherine Hennessy, BSc (Honours) International Studies
“I had always thought about having a degree, going back to university again; I was a little bit nervous about it so I decided to do an Introduction to the Arts module when I was in Tanzania, and that worked out well and gave me the confidence then to pursue the International Studies Degree.
I think having the module website is one of the best things; the materials were excellent. I think I would even read the materials if I wasn’t studying - they were very informative, and I have to say the tutor team in Ireland were very flexible and very supportive.
I was in Tanzania, Ghana and Madagascar while I was completing my degree, but all the time I could keep in touch with my tutors, I could attend online tutorials, use the Illuminate classroom which was absolutely excellent - there were some gasps when they heard I was calling in from Madagascar! - but the team, and the tutor team in Ireland were very, very supportive, very flexible and very understanding.
… I went to university when I was 18, and I left after six months and followed a different life path, and having gone back at the age of 41 or 42 (I forget!) it was just perfect for me at that stage - so I would give it [The Open University] definitely a nine [out of ten], and I am so happy to have completed my university education at the age of 46!
Absolutely I would recommend The Open University. I think the staff, the whole system is wonderful, I’m very, very happy - and I’ve actually started my Master of Laws and will start my first two modules in November, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
What would you like to do? Transform your career?, Improve your existing career?, Pursue an interest? Or Change the world?