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History graduate proves age is no barrier

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology has celebrated the graduation of its oldest ever student.

Matthew Lynas received his degree on 5 July after completing an Online History Masters at the age of 85. He was awarded a distinction.

He has already attained a PhD in Non-metallic Materials, a History PhD and a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Development.

Intellectual vitality

Dr Lynas says that it is not his intention to collect qualifications, but he continues to pursue academic study because it reinforces a feeling of intellectual vitality.

To me it is a continuous search for finding out how much I have to learn, in the knowledge that the task is unending. It teaches one humility and is essentially a therapeutic process.

Dr Matthew Lynas

Varied career

Dr Lynas left school at 16 to practice agriculture and estate management, working in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Nigeria.

After returning to the UK, he went on to pursue a career in training and education within the ceramic, glass and mineral industry, before returning to education upon his retirement.

Dr Lynas credits the online History programme’s educators for making his most recent study experience a truly positive one.

My involvement with Edinburgh and the feeling of engagement with academics and administrative staff has been a transformation and the feeling that one is a valued member of a community – it is an institution one feels proud to be a part of.

Dr Matthew Lynas

Following his latest achievement, the History graduate’s enthusiasm has not faded. Dr Lynas is discussing future projects with Edinburgh academics Professor Ewen Cameron and Dr David Kaufman.

Dr Lynas was one of ten students to receive awards from the Online History MSc programme this summer.

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