Centre for Lifelong Learning student
Bill has just completed a course in Genealogical studies, his first at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. He has been doing family history research for a number of years and decided to come to the centre after it was recommended to him by a friend.
Has doing further genealogical studies been beneficial for you?
It has been good to take my studies further. On the first day of the course, I was thinking 'I’ve done a lot of this stuff,' but then, a few things stood out and I thought 'I might know some things, but I don’t know enough.'
What areas have you enjoyed learning about?
I have enjoyed learning more about military history. I am interested in my grandfather’s part in the First World War.
I have already booked up for the second phase of this course [beginning in January 2017].
Have you found that people in your class are interested in the same areas?
It’s all different. I have spoken to one lady whose family lived on the same street as my paternal grandfather. Another person in the class is doing research on the islands, Islay in particular.
What have you most enjoyed about your course?
The whole thing. It has opened up so many different avenues and routes to follow, that I might not have known about otherwise.
What are you most looking forward to in the next phase of the class?
It’s going to open up the technology side of things. Hopefully this is an area I will find to be very useful.
Are there other areas you’d like to study?
I am quite interested in history, and I’ve noticed there are a lot of courses in this area offered by the centre. Sitting in the common room, you hear people talking about all the different courses.
What would you recommend about the centre to prospective students?
It’s worth the effort to come along and try a course. The variety of courses is phenomenal. There’s something here for everyone.