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Llŷr follows his love of languages with the OU

Llyr at graduation

Llŷr left school in 2011 after finishing his A-levels. He went to a brick university for two years but left before completing his degree. After working at an accountancy firm for six years, he wanted to get back into education.

Llŷr initially lost a lot of confidence when he first left his studies, but he believes the OU gave him the skills and knowledge he needed to finish his degree. In 2022, he graduated in French and Spanish.

'I read a lot online about the OU and felt it was a welcoming university,’ says Llŷr. ‘I could study my degree at my own pace, making me feel comfortable.'

'I spoke to some friends for advice, and they told me about the credit transfer at the OU. This helped me make my decision as I could carry over one year's worth of credit.'

‘Once I made the decision to study at the OU, everything was made clear, especially around how the course is run. It helped ease any nerves I had and I knew I’d made the right decision.’

Llŷr feels that he has a great relationship with his tutors, and has made lifelong friends and connected with many inspirational students.

I knew that I was able to email my tutors if I wasn't sure how to complete any work, and they were very responsive. It was a friendly environment which improved my confidence.

Llŷr Williams
OU graduate

'After an assignment was submitted, I would organise a catch-up with my friends to have fun and celebrate; planning my studies around these small goals made a world of difference for me.'

As Llŷr was studying for a language degree during the level two period of his course, he was able attend two residential schools in Spain and France.

 'It was a great experience to work abroad and meet like-minded people who love the same languages you are studying' he recalls.

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