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First-class achievement for Workington graduate

20 July 2015

Chris Theobald

Andrew Scott worked full-time at Sellafield while studying at UCLan  

Dedication and hard work have paid off for a Workington-based graduate who held down a full-time job while studying for a part-time degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Andrew Scott, originally from Whitehaven and now living in Workington, has graduated with a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering but the summer of celebration has only just begun: he’s marrying his partner Lisa on 29 August.

"The tutors were really flexible, knowledgeable and on my wavelength which made a huge difference."

The Sellafield worker said that 2015 would certainly be a year he’d always remember. “Towards the end I was studying really long hours and a full-time job on top of that made it a real challenge. However, the tutors were really flexible, knowledgeable and on my wavelength which made a huge difference.

“In my role at Sellafield I have to plan for the maintenance and asset care of a system which needs to operate for the next 30+ years. By studying and working at the same time I’ve been able to link theory with practice and this really helped with the learning process.”

 

“It was a bit surreal going back to university after so many years working but I soon got into it. Now I’ve graduated I’m going to take a year off to concentrate on our marriage plans and life at home.”

Andrew’s recent graduation at Preston Guild Hall was the culmination of five years of study, as he topped up HNC and HND qualifications into a degree.

“It was a bit surreal going back to university after so many years working but I soon got into it. Now I’ve graduated I’m going to take a year off to concentrate on our marriage plans and life at home.”

The 29-year-old, however, doesn’t see this as the end of educational road: “In life you’re always learning and I’ve still got a thirst for knowledge. I’m now going to work towards further professional accreditation and you never know, coming back in the future to study for master’s qualification is something I’d love to do.”