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New University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate Logan Talbot.

Logan Talbot’s hard work pays off with first-class degree and software engineer graduate role

A Preston student has proved that a learning disability is no barrier to gaining a top job and degree from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Software engineering graduate Logan Talbot has dyslexia but his hard work has paid off after obtaining a first-class degree and landing a full-time job at Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services.

The 22-year-old said: “I’m very proud of myself for gaining a first-class honours degree and commencing my first graduate employment. It has been difficult at times but I persisted and ensured that I planned my work in advance to allow time to complete each module to the best of my ability. The course did stretch my abilities and required a lot of sacrifice but it was all worth it.

“The support I received from UCLan has been fantastic. I received support with equipment, an individual support tutor and in exams I received support when required. I found that my tutors were very understanding and approachable with my issues.”

I received support with equipment, an individual support tutor and in exams I received support when required. I found that my tutors were very understanding and approachable with my issues.

Logan’s hard work on his course was rewarded with two University awards. He received the British Computer Society (BCS) Prize for the Most Outstanding Student on a BCS Accredited Programme and a School Prize for the Most Outstanding Student on the software engineering degree.

The former Ashton Community Science College and Cardinal Newman College pupil was in the fortunate position to have numerous job offers come his way after successful placements and internships.

He also took full advantage of mentoring positions and overseas educational trips during his three years on the course. He said: “UCLan offered me numerous opportunities which I took advantage of. For example, I have been offered the chance to go abroad on several occasions and I have just been to Gibraltar through a student experiences programme.”

Logan is also following in the family footsteps. His mother Susan and father David are UCLan alumni, his sister Lorria is currently studying for a maths degree while his brother Rhys is looking at studying software engineering after completing his Newman College IT course.

Rachel Atkinson | 14 July 2017