“I have had some criticism but there are two sides to the coin” - 23-year-old North Walsham woman crowd-funding £16,000 for archaeology degree

Louiza Le-Rose who is trying to raise funds to take an archaeology degree.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Louiza Le-Rose who is trying to raise funds to take an archaeology degree. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Sabah Meddings sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk
Monday, August 4, 2014
7:00 AM

Twenty-three-year-old Louiza Le-Rose needs to find £16,000 to fulfil her dream of a degree in archaeology.

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Louiza Le-Rose who is trying to raise funds to take an archaeology degree.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYLouiza Le-Rose who is trying to raise funds to take an archaeology degree. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Because she does not qualify for a loan, she would have to pay the tuition fees herself.

But instead of abandoning her dream, Miss Le-Rose, of North Walsham, has decided to crowd fund for her degree, asking other people for donations.

“I have had some criticism,” she said. “But there are two sides to the coin. Some people are really for it and some people are really against it, thinking it is asking too much. I totally understand but I saw no other way around it.”

When Miss Le-Rose left North Walsham High School, she saved up and travelled to China, where she spent two-and-a-half years teaching English. While in China she enrolled to the Open University and began a degree in English Literature, paying the fees herself.

Louiza Le-Rose who is trying to raise funds to take an archaeology degree.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYLouiza Le-Rose who is trying to raise funds to take an archaeology degree. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

And after returning to the UK last year, she decided to pursue her passion, and applied to the University of Leicester who accepted her application.

But because it is her second degree, even though she paid for the first herself, she does not qualify for student loans or grants.

Miss Le-Rose said she was frustrated with the decision, adding: “I think it is really unfair. You spend all of your life in education and they push you to go to university, but when it comes to wanting to better yourself, they put you down for it.

“I think it would be a huge disappointment not to go but I am pretty determined. For me it is not an option not to do it.”

Having been refused funding for a degree, she set up a web page on Go Fund Me, and began asking people to donate.

Miss Le-Rose, who lives in North Walsham with her mum Joanna, 43, and step-dad Michael, 61, works for her parents in their health business.

So far she has raised almost £1,000 and hopes to raise the money to start a degree in September 2015.

To donate visit www.gofundme.com/9k8enw

Are you raising money for a special cause? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

12 comments

  • @Frank Young, spot on! I believe in lifelong learning too Metalhead, but don't believe that in an age when so much is underfunded, not just education, that what seems to be her ambition should be funded by people when there are so many other, more essential causes that need the cash to make a real difference to hundreds of people.

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    Paul Radbourne

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I think it's the "It's not fair" and "push you to go to university" as if she had no choice in the matter, comments that got my goat. Life long learning if you must but at least have the self respect to pay for it yourself.

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    frank young

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • But who is she asking to fund her? Not the government, not the taxpayer, not charities, but people who, for whatever reason, would like to. I really don't see an issue with that. But I'm in a minority that values lifelong learning. Hey ho.

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    Metalhead

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • My point is that if people who have already had one chance through the system want to go back for a second bite of the cherry they should not expect others to fund them.

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    Mr Majika

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • This is a perfect example of somebody in love with the whole universityeducation lifestyle rather than treating it as means of seeking gainful employment. I'm sure studying english literature with the OU was her "dream" not so long ago too..

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    frank young

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I agree Mr Majika. Funding for further education is terrible. What's your point?

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    Metalhead

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Oh dear Metalhead;I have nothing against people wanting to learn but to compare this to Stephen Hawking is a bit much. This lady wants to do a SECOND degree & wants the funding for it, not a lifelong study as Hawking has done. What about the thousands of people who need support to do their FIRST degree & have the chance that this lady HAS ALREADY HAD?

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    Mr Majika

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Oh dear Metalhead;I have nothing against people wanting to learn but to compare this to Stephen Hawking is a bit much. This lady wants to do a SECOND degree & wants the funding for it, not a lifelong study as Hawking has done. What about the thousands of people who need support to do their FIRST degree & have the chance that this lady HAS ALREADY HAD?

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    Mr Majika

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • My word, you're a nice, happy, cheery bunch today aren't you. This lady isn't asking for anything handed to her on a plate; she is simply allowing anyone who might want to donate the opportunity to do so. Don't like it? Fine. Don't donate but don't crucify someone for wanting to learn. I also think it's incredibly ignorant to suggest her degree will benefit no one but her; knowledge and exploration benefit the whole human race. Just think, that selfish Hawking getting money to investigate the universe, or the Globe Theatre using their revenue to keep Shakespeare's words alive. What obnoxious, bitter attitudes you seem to have.

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    Metalhead

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Firstly, as she works, she should, maybe already has, have a tight spending budget and save as much as possible. Secondly I would rather give to children in need and handicapped as IMO they deserve much more than she does.

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    JEN

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • I agree entirely Stevejo. I couldnt go to Uni in 70s, my parent couldnt afford it back then. Its not as if the degree she wants to do will be of use to anyone but her! If she wanted to be a doctor or research disease Id be all for it but this...

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    Mr Majika

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • How cheeky, I want a 3 bedroom house in Australia, perhaps I should set up a donation page too. You need to earn things, not have them handed to you on a plate, if you want money, get a job and earn like some already do in the UK.

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    stevejo

    Monday, August 4, 2014

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