Wai Kong (Wayne) Ng studied at City College Norwich from 1990-1994 for his BA (Hons) Hospitality Management.
Memories of a degree course
He tells us:
“I enrolled on a 4-year sandwich non-honours degree course in 1990. The course leader, Dr Nick Johns, kindly let me in as a mature student even though I lacked the necessary A Levels.
The first year was a bit of a struggle, somehow I got through it (albeit by a very narrow margin) just about squeezing past the 40% pass mark. The 2nd year was a bit easier as I had adapted to the rigours of the course making it more enjoyable. I finished the academic year with a very respectable mark in the mid 60% range.
The 3rd year was meant to be an industrial placement, but chaos ensued as I was able to skip this part due to accreditation through prior learning. The chaos part was due the course being changed to an Honours degree, making me a member of the first intakes of the Honours course, therefore meaning I could not skip straight to the final year.
I therefore had to take a year off and enjoyed myself immensely in Hong Kong working in various jobs.
I found the final year easy. Breezing through most of the assignments with marks in the high 70% and low 80%, however this was not enough for a first. Still, an upper-second wasn’t too bad considering!
I had some great times and memories. My only minor whine is that the Principal at the time did not get on with the Vice-chancellor of the UEA. This meant we got an APU (Angela Polytechnic University) degree rather than an UEA degree.”
Adventures with Peter
“Oh, a big hello to Peter Sandiford (the poor chap that I dragged along to the course for moral support)! He did get a first, and then got his Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil) at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He went on to get a doctorate from Oxford Brooks, before entering the world of academia. Peter lectured at Northampton University College, Sheffield Hallam, Manchester Met and then on the other side of the world, in the Land of Oz.
I can’t quite remember the name of the Spanish girl who claimed in the final-year farewell book that I was somehow secretly sexy. Anyway, hi, whatever you name was.
After leaving College I spent 3 years in Hong Kong. Again, I dragged Peter along with me. He found a wife and an MPhil there. I, on the other hand, failed miserably in my search for my roots and the odd couple of million!
Had great fun in Shanghai in ’96, as the F&B Director of a theme park project. Although, 3 of us HK ex-pats had to spend a night in the local park until we could find a flight back to Hong Kong, after the boss died suddenly and the creditors began to knock on our hotel doors!
My most memorable job title was being Cost Controller for the Hong Kong Jewish Club. Other jobs include being GM of a night club in TST East. It was frequented by most of the HK gangsters, or so it seemed.”
Wayne returned to the UK in 1997 and is currently living in County Durham.