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Bury student defies the odds to succeed at University

29 July 2015

Rosie Lulat

Adam Haslam overcomes educational challenges to graduate with a first-class degree

A Bury student who overcame educational challenges is celebrating after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with a first-class honours degree.

Adam Haslam, who has Asperger’s Syndrome and was given a Special Educational Needs statement in primary school, donned his academic cap and gown as he graduated from his business studies course.

One of the reasons the 23-year-old chose to study at UCLan’s Preston Campus was the additional study aides the University provided. For Adam they included a note-taker with him in all of his lectures and a language counsellor that he saw once a week.

In addition the former St Gabriel’s Roman Catholic High School and Bury College pupil enjoyed the independence and the social life the city provided.

“I think that the study aides that I received through the University have had a large part in helping me to achieve my degree, which I am very proud of.”

Adam, who studied over four years, said: “I think that the study aides that I received through the University have had a large part in helping me to achieve my degree, which I am very proud of.”

As part of his sandwich degree he spent a year in industry on work placement and this gave him an invaluable insight into the business world.

“I felt that my degree had real-life appeal as it a very practical degree,” he said. “I could see where I would be able to use the knowledge that I gained at University in the working world.”

Adam, who is currently applying for a range of business roles, took to the stage of Preston’s Guild Hall to receive his award and was watched by his very proud parents.