Thursday, 9 March 2017

Teaching assistant Ryan wins a significant award in technology

Taken from the original source: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/news/teaching-assistant-ryan-rises-above-his-academic-struggles-to-win-a-significant-award-in-technology/

Ryan with his certificate
A graduate teaching assistant at the University of Northampton, who overcame his academic struggles during his GCSEs and A Levels and is now taking on a PhD, has been awarded an IT Award from the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT).
Since graduating in 2016 with a BSc in Computing (Software Engineering), Ryan Edwards has been working as a teaching assistant within the University’s Computing department, alongside his PhD studies.
Ryan was recognised as a Bronze award winner and has received a £100 grant cheque and a WCIT Outstanding IT Award certificate.
Ryan said: “I feel proud of the way in which I have developed throughout my studies, especially as I needed additional support during my GCSEs and A-Levels and I was able to graduate with a very high classification. During my time at University, I really built up my interpersonal skills and concentrated on making myself more employable by doing extra activities outside of the classroom.
“Winning this award is a great personal achievement for me as I have proved to myself that I am able to do anything I put my mind too. I had a lot of self-doubt when starting University and never thought after graduating I would have won a nationally recognised award. I’m also very proud to be undertaking a PhD as well as getting stuck into a graduate teaching assistant role at the University I studied at.”
Gary Hill, Head of Computing at the University of Northampton, said: “Ryan has struggled to overcome the adversities he has faced, but despite this he has successfully completed his BSc Computing (Software Engineering) with a 2:1 and has been employed by the University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and registered to study part time for a PhD.
“Throughout his three undergraduate years at the University, Ryan acted a student teaching assistant in his second year and supporting supported first years in Web Technology. He was also a Student Ambassador, a student course representative at University meetings and a committee member of the Student Union Computing Society. Well done Ryan.”


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