Cardiff Met student proves age is no barrier, even at 65


A Cardiff Metropolitan University student has proved that age is no barrier when it comes to education, as 65 year old Peter Whitfield becomes a Chartered Architectural Technologist after completing his degree at the University.

After a 30 year career in mechanical engineering, Peter, from Caerwent, near Chepstow, decided that it was time to take a different direction after fulfilling his ambition of designing and building his own 6-bedroom house, and realising his love for the architectural process.

After some research, Peter came across the BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology course at Cardiff Met, and after talks with Senior Lecturer Tony Whyman, was encouraged to join the course directly on to the second year.

After two years of study at the University, Peter has graduated with a first class honours degree and is now a Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Speaking about his recent change of career and studies at Cardiff Met, Peter said: "Before embarking on my career change, I had concerns that my age might be a barrier to my studies, but the support I have received from Cardiff Met and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists has been overwhelming.

"Senior Lecturer at the University, Tony Whyman, has encouraged me every step of the way and helped ensure that my dream has become a reality."

Tony said: "Peter is living proof that age doesn't matter when it comes to education, and even at 65 years of age, a first class degree is possible.

"Peter's life experience and exemplary work ethic lent itself well to the degree programme, and he thoroughly deserves all the success he has achieved in this stage of his life."