87-year-old pensioner graduates from Sheffield

One of the UK’s oldest students graduated with a 2:1 from the University of Sheffield last week.

Ruth Deas, from Millhouses, is 87 years old and thought to be one of the oldest graduates in the UK.


She already has a degree in French and German from the University of Cambridge, but decided to study for a Spanish and Latin American Studies degree at Sheffield because she was planning on going to Mexico.


Ms Deas has spent the last 42 years training language teachers and her tutor at the Institute for Lifelong Learning was one of her former pupils.


In an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield, she said: “I managed [to do the degree] without too much difficulty. It was all continuous assessment and we didn’t take exams.


“I was grateful for that because my memory is not as good as it was.”


When asked how she enjoyed her experience at the university she said: “It is very good. I got a great deal of enjoyment from it.”


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