Ex-Big Issue seller wins 'dream' Cambridge University place

A former Massive Concern vendor has mentioned he’s “nonetheless getting used to the concept” he has fulfilled his “dream” of going to Cambridge College.

Geoff Edwards, 52, spent most of his grownup life homeless in Cambridge after work as a subject labourer dried up.

He mentioned promoting copies of The Massive Concern “gave me again a little bit of self-respect”.

After gaining distinctions in an Entry to Increased Schooling course at Cambridge Regional Faculty, he’s now learning English Literature at Hughes Corridor.

As first reported in the Cambridge News, Mr Edwards, who left college with two O-levels, mentioned: “Going to Cambridge College was a dream of mine.

“That is what I’ve at all times needed to do, however no-one in my household had been to school, so I did not contemplate it.”

He got here to Cambridge from Liverpool seeking work as a farm hand however after years of being homeless “was remoted and getting anxious”.

His life was circled when he turned a Massive Concern vendor within the metropolis.

Nevertheless, Mr Edwards realised he was “in a rut” and after deciding a return to schooling was the way in which ahead he attended an open day at Cambridge Regional Faculty.

“I solely had Maths and English O-levels, so I wanted to do a [pre-access] gateway course” he mentioned.

“It ready me nicely for the entry course, which gave me the to get to Cambridge.”

He mentioned successful a spot is “the very first thing I’m happy with in my life”.

The entry course is aimed toward adults who need to return to schooling or want further to go to school.

Hughes Corridor solely accepts mature undergraduates or graduate college students.

Its president Anthony Freeling mentioned it’s “dedicated to making sure the gates of Cambridge College are open to all with the potential to succeed”.

Revealed at Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:20:26 +0000