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Determination pays off for Daniel

09 December 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Perseverant student turns disappointment into triumph

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student who restarted his studies is celebrating after successfully graduating with first class honours.

Daniel Willmott came to the University to study on the joint international business and business information systems degree. However he was not enamoured with his initial choice of study and decided to withdraw.

The former Thomas Hardye School pupil stayed at UCLan and restarted his studies, moving to the BA (Hons) Business Information Systems degree where he thrived.

Daniel said: “I didn’t enjoy my time on the joint honours programme, it just wasn’t for me. But I stayed at the University, moved to a more technical degree which suited me and three years on, I’m thrilled to be graduating with a First.

“I’d like to thank all the tutors for their help and support, especially Cath Toase. They do their upmost to help you and without their guidance and support I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.”

“In addition to gaining first-hand experience of running a company it gave me a chance to apply my skills, gain further experience of e-commerce and I even managed to earn a few pounds – something that’s useful to every student.”

During the final year of his course the 23-year-old co-founded his own business, adding some vital practical experience to his CV.

“In addition to gaining first-hand experience of running a company it gave me a chance to apply my skills, gain further experience of e-commerce and I even managed to earn a few pounds – something that’s useful to every student.”

Daniel’s hard work paid off and after leaving UCLan, he went into a graduate role at Beyond Systems in Manchester.

“If I was to give one piece of advice, it would be keep focused on your goal and persevere. There will certainly be tough, stressful times at university; but they won’t last forever and it will definitely be worth it in the end,” he added.

Watched on by his mum and dad, Daniel was one of 1,500 students who took to the stage of Preston’s Guild Hall to receive their academic awards.