More than 300 students will graduate from the University of Worcester with first class honours this autumn.

A total of 343 students secured the top classification in their degrees and will graduate during a week of celebrations at Worcester Cathedral in November.

Luke Barnett, aged 25, a former pupil at Pershore High School, earned his first class BSc (Hons) in computing.

“Persistence is the key to any success,” mused Luke, who was awarded an academic scholarship during his time at Worcester.

Peter Bennett, 21, from Malvern and a former Dyson Perrins pupil, also earned his first in computing.

Looking at the whole pie of life, he said: “I’m proud to achieve this degree, and I look forward to the next chapter in my life.”

Lyndsey Bowden, 31, of Victoria Avenue, Worcester, earned her first in primary initial teacher education and has secured a job at Hagley Primary School.

“I feel extremely proud and shocked to have achieved a First Class degree," she said. "I have had to work five nights-a-week whilst studying this full-time degree, so it was very challenging at times.”

Mature student Kevin Brooke, 47, of Bevere Close in the city, earned his first in creative and professional writing and English literature.

Kevin, who is hoping to become a successful children’s author with three novels already under his belt, said: “I was already writing in my spare time and wanted to take the next step. Although I was keen to strive for the best grade I could attain, the first class honours classification seems a little unreal.”

Amber Sparrey, 22, of Lapal Close, earned her first in fine art.

The former Heart of Worcestershire College pupil said: “I’m very relieved to achieve a first class honours as that has been one of my goals since beginning my degree.

"There were certainly moments I didn’t think it was possible, but it goes to show if you put in the hard work and really push yourself, you can achieve it.”

The University of Worcester has places available for well-qualified applicants through clearing this year.

The clearing hotline is now open and available to call on: 01905 855111.

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