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From Squaddie to Student

July 2003

Nigel Dodds is the first in his family to go to University – and he has proved to be a first class student, winning prizes along the way and gaining a first in his degree.

He spent over a decade in the Army seeing service around the world and also worked in the airline industry before reading for an Engineering degree at the University of Leicester.

Now he is on course to continue in education, having enrolled for a postgraduate qualification to qualify as a teacher. He said: “I didn’t do particularly well at school, and left at 16 to train for work in the airline industry.

“I joined the Army two years later and stayed for 12 years, doing a BTech in engineering along the way. I wanted to enhance my career options and that is why I applied to the University of Leicester to study Engineering.

“Although I found it quite difficult to adjust to the work ethic at first, I felt I was more work orientated than the rest of the students who were relatively more focused on social life.

“It has been great taking the plunge into higher education and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Nigel will receive his degree at 11.00 on Friday, July 11 at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.


Nigel can be contacted on 0777 5844137 .

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