Peoples-uni works as a result of the efforts of our students and our volunteers. We're keen to introduce our readers to our volunteers and our students and with that in mind, we'll be running occasional interviews. Here's the third with Professor Dick Heller, the founder of Peoples-uni. Dick works with Peoples-uni, from his home in Sydney, Australia. He is an Emeritus Professor, of the Universities of Manchester, (UK) and Newcastle, (Australia).Hi, Dick. Thanks for talking to us this evening. Can you tell us a bit about your role with Peoples-uni?My role is around general coordination of the programme. I was the person who had the original idea for Peoples-uni, but very soon was joined by a great, and still growing, team of volunteers. Initially I did a large amount of the day-to-day development and running of the programme, but now just look on in amazement at all the hard work done by others.We usually ask people why they volunteer with Peoples-uni but in your case, we'll ask what inspired the idea?I noticed that universities (in the UK and elswehere across Europe and America) were charging so much to people from developing countries to study, even on fully online MPH programmes, that I wanted to find a cheap way to offer high quality education for that audience. It coincided with the growth of open online software and educational resources, so with volunteers doing the work we could run courses very cheaply.What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Peoples-uni?The chance to see the programme grow and to see the students increase their skills for their own career development and to improve the health of their populations.How have you benefited from volunteering with Peoples-uni?I've learned many IT skills, but not quite enough! I've made many friends, mostly virtual, among volunteers and students, and learned a great deal about health and other issues in developing countries. At the end of my career, I am not looking for career advancement, but this has been a brilliant retirement hobby for me!How can we improve what Peoples-uni offers?Keep developing the programme – all good ideas from students and volunteers are welcome. My personal goal is to improve the way the Alumni group of our graduates can work together in collaborative research, teaching and advocacy.And finally, what are your hopes and aspirations?I want to keep involved with Peoples-uni – though at arms length – as the new leadership group develops and improves the programme.Thanks for talking to us, Dick.

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