Just a few things that I think are fairly commendable whoever it is.

I started my higher education journey late in life at about 23 years old after having manual work since leaving school, but in saying that I went on to accumulate nearly nine years of higher education and seven years of teaching amongst other things including volunteering at the science museum.

I went from university to university, up until 2003 when I was 34 years old, and less than 5% of adults were qualified to my level in anything. To think that these days foreign students in particular pay upwards of £18,000 a year plus living expenses for the opportunity of…

I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1998 in Hong Kong, I taught there for three years and I then taught in Bangkok for 18 months and London for three years and also a few months in the middle east, I have to say I haven’t done any teaching for about eight years now. It’s a funny thing teaching, for example there’s a thing called the English phonetic alphabet, I made a joke that you had to be Japanese to understand it as one of my Japanese students would look up a new word in his dictionary then…

I lived in Hong Kong For three and a half years, I lived in Bangkok for two and a half years, I lived in London for seven years, I lived in Paris for two years, I spent six months in the middle East, I lived in Cheltenham for three years while studying, I lived in Wales for five years and I come from Devon England where I grew up and have spent my most recent eight years.

I have been on incapacity benefit later employment support allowance, partly because of an eye condition and partly because of a mental health…

My national award recognition was first written in 2006 and then rewritten in 2009, if it were rewritten again now it would say the same thing.

I can say that having my national award recognition written in 2006 was an attempt to show the world the value of my UK qualifications and then getting it rewritten in 2009 was a way of saying I’m still here but nothing has changed when it probably should have.

I know it may sound bizarre and a bit like moaning but it seems to me that I’ve simply been ignored in the world of work for more than ten years now. Things like a NARIC award recognition are there to open doors, and people should be interested in what you…

I studied at five universities in the United Kingdom between 1992 and 2003, I studied five years full time and four years distance learning. According to national education statistics I was qualified in the top 7% of the adult population of the UK in 2009 (That was the last year I could find this quality of government data on education)

I passed a degree foundation course in technology 1992

I passed a higher national diploma in business information technology 1996

I passed a bachelor of science degree in business information technology 1997

I passed a postgraduate diploma in business administration…

I recently found an article that said that around the world about 5% of the public were very skilled in using a computer. I passed a bachelor of science degree in business information technology in 1997 which is nearly 25 years ago. I have kept abreast of many developments but I am really just a hobbyist now but I guess back then I would have been an expert and even by today’s standards it probably wouldn’t take me long to learn what was needed to be in that 5%.

I started by taking a degree foundation in technology which taught…

I have a bachelor of science degree in business information technology and a PGCE

I have a bone to pick with social housing, as someone who has struggled to make a meaningful living or to amass any significant savings despite living in Asia for about six years, London for seven years and France for two years plus of course my five years of university, I have unfortunately found myself on the social housing waiting list twice in the last ten years. A social worker in London hastily filled in the paperwork to put me on the social housing waiting list in Barnstaple, Devon in 2013, I came back from London and stayed at my…

I passed a science degree which is no topic of conversation nor ever has been, I also passed a post graduate certificate in education PGCE, (post compulsory education and training) specialising in ESOL (English for speaker of other languages) at master’s level which even had occupational health screening and Enhanced criminal checks that had newly been developed at the time, that has never been a topic of conversation either. …

When I was a lecturer in West London I was in my mid- thirties and quite ambitious. As a fact all I could afford with my reasonable salary was shared accommodation or a modest studio flat. On the one hand I earned about £24,000 a year which was quite good for 2004 on the other it took nearly all that £24,000 to pay the rent on a fairly cheap studio flat in the local area to where I worked. They brought out a scheme where key workers of which I was one could get 50,000 towards the cost of a…

Mark Benniman

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