Levison Wood comes back to Staffordshire University to tell the tales of his global exploration

“His own story is a great adventure from growing up running around the fields of Forsbrook, Stoke-on-Trent, to fighting the Taliban, to nearly losing his life in a cliff-hanger of a car accident in Nepal and eating his worst meal of maggoty stew in Uganda.”

Jackie Gregory, Journalism Course Leader

Report by Thomas Chadwick, BA (Hons) Journalism student

Students are given a chance to be wowed as TV explorer Levison Wood comes to Staffordshire University this month.

The explorer, currently in between his UK tour, will be sharing his poignant tales of life on the road, from his journeys all over the world for channel 4 and his transition from parachute regiment soldier to modern day explorer.

Wood was celebrated as a Staffordshire University Honorary graduate last year for his inspirational work that has taken him from his home city of Stoke-On-Trent to around the globe.

BA (Hons) Journalism Course Leader Jackie Gregory, who nominated Levison for the honorary doctorate said “Levison will literally walk to the ends of the earth to get his story. He once said that his explorations are all about sharing incredible stories of hope, generosity and entrepreneurship from people around the world.”

“His own story is a great adventure from growing up running around the fields of Forsbrook, Stoke-on-Trent, to fighting the Taliban, to nearly losing his life in a cliff-hanger of a car accident in Nepal and eating his worst meal of maggoty stew in Uganda.”

“I'm sure he has many new tales to tell having just returned from circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula.”

On 20 March, Film Production students will be able to quiz the TV star on how he makes his programmes from a technical point of view. After a tour of the University, Modern History Students will discuss Levison's experiences in countries featured in his latest programme 'From Russia to Iran'. All before Levison conducts a sold-out public lecture at 5:30pm in the Ashley Building located on Leek Road.

Fellow Honorary Graduate and Staffordshire local, Sarah Willingham, will also visit Staffordshire University this month. The entrepreneur, investor, finance expert and former Dragon on BBC 2's hit TV show Dragon's Den will hold a business breakfast discussion on Monday 19 March. After, students will be put through their paces when they get to pitch their ideas, Dragons Den style, to develop a product or service that could be marketed to businesses in Staffordshire, hoping not to feel the fiery breath of the Dragon.