Norwich college worker swaps the print room for the classroom

Back when Terry Marshall was a young man, he had to pass up the opportunity of doing an art course. But now, having retired from nearly four decades at the city college, he has rekindled his passion for the subject.

The 60-year-old from Lakenham took voluntary redundancy from City College Norwich earlier this year after 36 years.

He had worked in the print room from when it started and had seen the college's printing work grow.

Now he has retired, he is still a familiar face at the Ipswich Road site after swapping the print room for the classroom and enrolling on the Access to Higher Education Diploma - Art and Design.

The course sees Mr Marshall's life take a full circle as he had signed up to do an art course when he was younger but was unable to do it at the time.

The grandfather-of-two, who is married to Christine and has one son, said: 'When I took voluntary redundancy I was able to retire and take my pension so that put me in a position to give it a go after all these years and see how I get on.

'So far I'm loving it. It's wonderful and I'm really enjoying it. It's a little bit strange getting back into learning as oppose to working, it's a big change.'

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Mr Marshall left school in 1966 and had a printing apprenticeship. He first started at the college in 1974 as a technician in the printing department. The print room was established in 1987 and he became print room manager in 1989 and stayed in that role until he finished at the college.

The access course in art and design is the only one of its kind in the area which is available to mature students.

It is a full-time course with two and a half days in college.

As part of the course, Mr Marshall will get the chance to do a variety of artwork including drawing, painting, textiles, printing, 3D and graphics. At the end of the year-long course, he will have the option to take his studies further and take a degree.

Brenda Unwin, course leader, said: 'I think Terry is very brave and it's great that the college offers people of all ages the opportunity to do something like this.

'Terry's work is really strong and he is doing really well, taking on new concepts very quickly and being able to transfer them into painting. He has integrated very well and it goes to show how age is not an issue.'

The course is available to anyone over 19 and there is no upper age limit. The oldest student on the course so far has been an 80 year old.

Do you know someone who has gone back to education in retirement age? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email