DIARY: Hobsbawm makes shock return to academia

Julia Hobsbawm is making a return to academic life 20 years after dropping out of higher education.

Despite having no tertiary qualifications after quitting her modern languages degree at the former Polytechnic of Central London, she has been recruited to help the London College of Printing devise its first PR degree.

Bearing in mind her father is the Marxist academic Eric Hobsbawm, it should come as no surprise that she should return to a seat of learning.

'My brother and I are in business and have no serious academic achievements. But I am an advocate of good training ... it's cheesy to say, but I went to the university of life,' she says.

Hobsbawm has also returned to TV production, another former stomping ground. The former Wogan researcher has been working behind the scenes as an adviser for a BBC 2 series starting later this month focusing on the Freud family, titled The Century of Self.

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