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Samantha Nicholas

Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy student


I came to ICE because I wanted to learn something 180° away from my day-to-day work. I’ve spent 30 years in financial services, so the academic environment is an exciting and completely different place to be. Until I began my Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy, my only prior study was for industry exams – a necessity rather than a pleasure. ICE is a great place to learn. The social aspect of studying alongside my fellow learners has been a real positive. It’s an experience that has opened up previously unexplored worlds to me and, best of all, I’ve proved to myself that I’m capable of learning entirely new things.



Renata Santos Beman

Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy and Undergraduate Certificate in Classical Studies student.



I have a PhD and am studying these courses to become a better academic, researcher and writer. I chose to study at ICE due to previous positive experiences, as well as the fact that it offers the flexibility for me to study alongside my other commitments. The first course I took was Philosophy, and through this I discovered Classical Studies which is a subject that I had never considered before. Outside of my studies with ICE, I am working on a project on the Shroud of Turin and the course has helped me better understand its philosophical and historical context. In particular, it really helped my research proposal, which has just been approved.



Kerry Peacock

Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy student.


I graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Ethics in 2019 and now work as a Policy Assistant. I chose to study this course to help me progress in my place of work and, since starting the course, I have achieved a promotion. I enjoy the intellectually stimulating lectures as well as the freedom to be a bit creative in the essays, something I was unable to do in my undergraduate degree. The course has taught me to be open to new perspectives and encouraged a deeper sense of self-reflection. I have a medical condition but this has never stopped me from doing what I want to do. If I can do this, anyone can.



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