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Winter start date opens up new life-changing opportunities

Hairdresser Milan Alexis-Cann wants to pursue dream of becoming a child psychologist

As far as New Year resolutions go, hairdresser Milan Alexis-Cann will be taking things to extremes later this month.  

The 20-year-old is putting down her scissors to study for a degree at the University of East London (UEL) to pursue her dream of becoming a child psychologist in the NHS. 

Milan is one of dozens of students who are taking advantage of a new January entry date at UEL that will allow them to catch up with the September starters by next summer. 

It is the first time in years that the University has enrolled new undergraduate students in the winter, which means applicants no longer have to wait until next summer to begin their course.  

Milan earned her place at UEL to study psychology through ‘New Beginnings’ – a course which prepares mature students who lack traditional educational qualifications to move on to a full degree course.  

Milan said she always had an interest in psychology but it was the New Beginnings programme that gave her the confidence to study it at university level.  

“For me, UEL was a fresh start,” she said. “I didn’t have A-levels, and it was an opportunity for me to kind of step up and do something different. 

“The main thing for me is just expanding my knowledge and learning and progressing. I’m looking forward to my future profession and working towards something. UEL has given me an opportunity I didn’t have before.” 

Dr Caroline McGlynn, who runs UEL’s New Beginnings programme, said, “I think a lot of people in Newham think a degree is not for them. When people think of university they think of places that are far away. They don’t realise there is a university right on their doorstep.  

“You don’t have to go a long way from home, and you don’t have to study something incredibly academic. You can do a degree in something you’re already working in or want to work in.” 

A UEL spokesperson said it was still possible to begin a degree in January, with spots available in Accounting, Finance and Business; Computing; Education and Early Childhood Studies; Law and Psychology. Prospective students can choose from full-time, part-time, online or distance options. 

For more information, visit UEL’s January enrolment web page. The New Beginnings programme is currently accepting new applicants for its April classes.