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Souhardya De

UG Cert in History student


"I studied at ICE after receiving the First Time Higher Education Bursary for Arts and Humanities. My experience on the course was fantastic. My professors were very supportive throughout the entire programme. They helped me delve deeper into my modules with weekly chats and meet ups as well as the lectures. The whole community of my course was very warm and welcoming- we had a fairly international community from all over the world and we used to talk about all the different perceptions of specific topics we would cover on the course. Different perspective and voices led to so many new insights. We even had a recent catch up in London- it was fun to get together. I am very grateful for what the bursary has enabled me to achieve, and how it continues to help me progress on my career path."



David McGruder

MSt in History student


I come from Kansas but chose to study at ICE because Cambridge is the best academic institution in the whole world. It’s great being with the other students too. They bring such a diversity of backgrounds and experiences – it’s wonderful how all those unique stories enrich the classroom. I am an Executive Director of a not-for-profit organisation and a youth and collegiate Pastor at a church in Dallas, Texas. In my work, I see a lot of injustice and inequality. Thanks to my History course, I can put that inequality into some form of context.



Helen Barrs

Helen completed two Undergraduate Certificates in Local History as well as an Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice.


Born in a remote village during China’s Cultural Revolution, I rarely had books in my childhood and went to school at 10. Aged 33, with an economics degree, I came to the UK and earned an LLM and MPhil, as well as English language proficiency. In 2016, I became a qualified Cambridge tour guide, which has led me to take a Local History Certificate course at ICE. Lifelong learning has enriched my way of looking at life. As the T S Eliot poem says, “… what you do not know is the only thing you know … where you are is where you are not”.



Martin Garthwaite

MSt in History student Martin


I struggled with dyslexia during my schooldays in London. Having not performed well, I left aged 16 and trained as a chef. A year later, I retrained in Information Technology and have worked there ever since. Nearly two decades on from my school difficulties, I decided I wanted to study for a degree, and now I’m hooked on learning. The History faculty at ICE is one of the best in the country. I love discovering new subjects alongside my interesting and diverse classmates, and the Master of Studies has given me a deeper understanding of a subject I’m passionate about.



Peter Gutteridge

MSt in History student     anchor link


I regretted missing out on university life by leaving school and going straight into training for my career as a solicitor. Retirement has given me the opportunity to make up for it. Studying a History MSt at ICE means enjoying camaraderie between students, and the privilege of being lectured by the very best academics. I’m improving my history writing skills and learning how to prioritise the time I have available for research. Being older, I thought I might find my fellow students mentally sharper than I, but the age difference hasn’t been a problem. It’s a challenging, thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating experience.



Marie Bawden

Undergraduate Certificate in History student. Marie story


The ICE Certificate in History covers topics that really interest me. I work as a qualified accountant, so the opportunity to study flexibly and attend weekend day schools is very appealing. The tuition is of an excellent standard and goes into great depth. The format of the lectures works well with regular, short breaks and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. I enjoy being able to have face-to-face interaction with other students, and it’s motivating to work towards a formal qualification. Studying at ICE has really inspired me to continue taking further courses. It’s an experience that’s given me a genuine thirst for learning.



Anita Hoffman

MSt in History student.


I have an MSc in Chemical Engineering and have been a senior executive in industrial companies, management consultancies and executive search. I chose to study at ICE because it is one of the few institutions that offers part-time study with high academic quality. The lectures are great quality and the reading lists are superb, and I love the variety of topics we get to cover. I’ve surprised myself that I’m capable of turning out high quality academic essays on topics I previously knew nothing about, having never written essays in my first scientific degrees.



Bilal Junejo

Undergraduate Certificate in History student.


I’m a postgraduate law student and I chose to study on the Undergraduate Certificate in History at ICE because of its great reputation. Since starting on the course I’ve noticed a marked boost in confidence and I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to express my views, whether in class or in assignments. Being able to study online during the pandemic has been an unexpected benefit too.



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