Senior disservice

January 30, 2014

As a University of Cambridge graduate in June 2012 at the ripe old age of 64, I, too, take great exception to Jeremy Paxman’s harrumphing and growling at the mature students on University Challenge (The week in higher education, News, 16 January). What is his problem?

After a successful business career of more than 35 years and a happy detour into nursing for a while, I am extraordinarily grateful for the chance to move into higher education at this stage of my life, and I worked jolly hard to secure my place.

At the even riper old age of 66, I hope to take up my awarded place at University College London in September to do a master’s in medieval studies – if I can afford the fees. It’s hard on a state pension, you know.

Now, where did I put my teeth?

Anthea Bain
Fordham, Cambridgeshire

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