'Thanks' for All Your Help: 'You Helped Me Reach for the Stars'
man with Asperger's Syndrome pays tribute to University and County Council
A Leicester man has voiced his thanks to all
those who have enabled him to achieve his degree in Physics with Astrophysics
from the University of Leicester.
Hamish Spence, of Hinckley Road, Leicester
Forest East and a former pupil of Groby Community College, will receive his
degree on Friday, July 11, 2003.
He said: “I am a profoundly deaf student
with Asperger's Syndrome. I am most grateful for all the support I received from
the Physics and Astronomy Department and the University’s AccessAbility Centre
eg notetakers, specialist equipment etc, and also the support from Sara Cooper
of Leicestershire County Council’s Autism Outreach Team.
“It will be a proud day for me and my
family when I graduate-I enjoyed my time at University. I also joined the
Astronomy club – Leicester quite literally helped me reach for the stars!”
Dr Derek Raine, Director of Teaching in the Physics and Astronomy Department said:
"The transition from school to
university is difficult for most students as they adapt to becoming independent
learners, and for Hamish it was more difficult than for most. However, he
persevered and succeeded and we are very proud of him."
Dr Paula Dobrowolski, Head of the
University’s AccessAbility Centre added: “Hamish has done extremely well in
his studies and has achieved both academic and personal maturity during the
course of his degree. He will be an
asset to any employer with his skills and determination to succeed.
It has been a great pleasure to work with him.
All the AccessAbility Centre staff wish him every success for the
Sara Cooper of Leicestershire County
Council’s Autism Outreach Team said: “It
has been a pleasure working with Hamish at the University of Leicester and I'm
delighted that he has achieved such success in his degree. Hamish has a good
understanding of his Asperger syndrome and has worked very hard with me on ideas
and strategies to help him with his studies. It just goes to show what people
with Asperger syndrome can achieve.”
3,000 students will celebrate success at the University of Leicester when they
are awarded their degrees on July 9, 10 and 11. Friends and families from around
the world will be present for the ceremonies.
A total of 2,000 undergraduate students will receive their
Bachelor’s degrees while higher degrees will also be conferred on
approximately 1,000 postgraduate students.
The degrees will be conferred at six ceremonies, by the
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess.
NOTE TO NEWSDESK:
Hamish Spence will graduate from the
University Leicester on July 11, 2003 at 11.00am
The ceremony will take place at De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Please
contact Ather Mirza on 0116 252 3335 or 07711 927821 BEFORE the ceremony if you
wish to attend. Photo opportunities
may be arranged at other times by prior consent.
Hamish can be contacted on 0116 239 2802.
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