Mouldbreaker 1: Posh maths

April 30, 2004

Hannah Woods, 28, is about to enter the second year of a degree in maths and computing at Wolverhampton University.

She left school aged 18 and worked as an au pair before deciding that she wanted to become a teacher. Her father is a businessman and her mother studied pharmacy at Manchester University.

She said: "I definitely wanted to do maths. I have already done a teaching qualification - a diploma from the Montessori Foundation - and I wanted to take teaching further. I always enjoyed maths at school, so I chose maths.

"Coming into Wolverhampton University as a mature student, I didn't have the support from school. I called the university two weeks before the start of the year and did an interview over the phone. I put the ball in their court and got great support from the maths department.

"When I left school, it wasn't the right thing for me to go to university. I didn't want to be in education: I wanted a break and to do my own thing. I had the feeling that if I went to university, I would not have lasted. I'm glad I waited: I think I have done the right thing."

Please login or register to read this article

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments