A retired accountant from Tring has receive an honours degree from the Open University – 38 years after he began studying for it.
Now aged 72, Alan Warner began his OU degree in 1973, when he was working as a chief accountant.
Soon after completing his degree, Alan became a full-time academic and was then appointed as a director of studies. The extra workload meant that he stopped studying as soon as he got his degree, and did not go on to complete an honours degree – something he later regretted.
In 1987, Alan started his own management training business and has published more than 20 books on business finance.
When he recently retired, he felt in need of continued intellectual stimulation. He contacted the OU and asked whether he would be able to continue with his studies.
Alan said: “I was delighted to find that the OU behaved as if it had been a 38-day rather than a 38-year hiatus.
“All my records were easily found, I was reassured there would be no problem with my going on to obtain honours and then – my retirement goal – to aim for a Masters.
Alan enrolled in 20th Century European History, and graduated this summer with a first class honours degree.
He has now started a masters degree in law with the OU.
And he’s looking forward to some lively debates with his granddaughter, Madeline, who has coincidentally just started studying for her law degree at the same time.