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Degree award for Sidney, 76

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13 September 2011

ONE of the region’s oldest students has picked up a research degree.

Revd. Sidney Gilbert, 76, learned he had passed his MPhil at Glyndŵr University this week.

Retired cleric Sidney drew on his own experiences and those of others to look at the lives of clergy once they had retired, focusing on such issues as pastimes, finance, housing and health and wellbeing.

Sidney, who was born in Wrexham and worked in Brymbo, Bwlchgwyn, Penley and Bettisfield among other areas during his career, now lives in Helsby.

He said he had thoroughly enjoyed carrying out the research, and hoped it would be useful to other clergymen and women once they reached retirement.

Sidney said: “I have been collecting material for over 10 years.

“When I started on this research there had been very little written on the subject, so I was breaking new ground in the material I was collecting.

“There were some unusual hobbies, but a lot of the people I spoke to devoted their time to activities which were related in some way to charity and to helping others.”

Sidney was joined by wife Gill at Glyndŵr University to meet external examiners who passed his work, and he paid tribute to staff who he said had been ‘very supportive’ of his research.

Dr Emyr Williams, second supervisor on Sidney’s work, said: “We are extremely pleased that Sidney’s research has been passed by external examiners.

“The work he has carried out will inform activity on the MSc Psychology of Religion course at Glyndŵr University.

“We wish Sidney every success in writing up his work for publication, and we look forward to working collaboratively with Sidney on that.”

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