“There have been times when I was in the middle of the desert in Mali, in Libya, South Sudan and even running about the jungles in Cambodia when I've had to contact the tutors and say 'I need another week!'.
Lee Moroney, MA International Policy and Diplomacy
Not many graduates can say they have completed a degree from the desert in Mali and the jungles of Cambodia.
Distance-learning student Lee Moroney however has completed an MA in International Policy and Diplomacy with Staffordshire University under extraordinary circumstances.
“I work within humanitarian mine action which basically means we're clearing land mines and unexploded remnants of war.” explained Lee.
Lee lives in Cambodia but his work with the charity takes him all over the globe. He chose to study with Staffordshire University because of the flexibility of the distance learning programmes.
The University offers a range of distance-learning courses which allow students to study online, attend 'virtual' tutorials and submit assignments over the Internet from anywhere in the world.
“There have been times when I was in the middle of the desert in Mali, in Libya, South Sudan and even running about the jungles in Cambodia when I’ve had to contact the tutors and say 'I need another week!'.
“Sometimes the internet isn't very good plus there are the demands of work but that was the beauty of the distance learning programme. The tutors were very understanding and assisted in pushing us where needed as well.”
Lee's role sees him working with overseas diplomats and MOD officials and he believes the course was an ideal way to help him with his day-to-day job.
“The course was focused on what I wanted to achieve. My experience through my work matched with the course theory and learning materials has given me more concrete tools to be able to work out in the field.”
Although based on the other side of the world, Lee was determined travel to Staffordshire to attend his graduation ceremony with his wife.
“I've put a lot of time and effort into this so it’s been fantastic to graduate – it's a proud moment."
“Taking this course has definitely given me the bug for learning and has proved that it's possible even in my circumstances.”
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