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Britains oldest student at 90.

Britains oldest student at 90.

At just ten years shy of one hundred, you would be forgiven for wanting to put your feet up and enjoy your retirement.  

But not so for Joy Leslie Gibson, who at age 90, can lay claim to being Britain’s most elderly student.  Since retiring 30 years ago, she has so far completed five degrees - a BA, an MA, two MPhils as well as an MLit - and is currently in the throes of her PhD at the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham University.

And she has not shied away from throwing herself into university life. Since starting her first MA 18 years ago, she has been a keen member of the Institute’s drama society – although she admits that she has not auditioned for parts in recent years as she has trouble remembering her lines.

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