I am extremely honoured to have been made a fellow of Birkbeck University recently.
Birkbeck makes an important contribution by providing evening study which enables people to run a home or do a job at the same time as taking a degree. Birkbeck also encourages people without traditional qualifications to get involved.
Here are four relevant quotations:
“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in” Leonardo Da Vinci, the illegitimate child of a peasant with no formal schooling
“A University should be a place of light, of liberty and of learning” Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli
“All of life is a constant education” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela