My last day as a student was 11th July 1991. Almost 30 years later, I am a student again, this time with the Open University.

A few years ago my friend from University, Gordon McNeilly, suddenly and sadly died. Gordon was, in my life, unique. An incredible brain inside a gentle and thoughtful soul. Gordon was a deep, insightful thinker who was always learning, always seeking new knowledge.

At his funeral, I sat and listened to many wonderful words about him and his love of learning. It reminded me of how much I loved it too and how much he had helped me along the way. On that day, I made myself a promise that, using him as an inspiration, I would at some point go back to learning something new. It took me a while but I got there. I start today.

This is for you Gordon.