3rd Mar, 2021

Will finds the way to first class success

Rob George 15th Jan, 2021

A STUDENT from Evesham has spoken about achieving First Class Honours in his university degree during the pandemic.

Will Spires was among those to have completed his studies at the University of Worcester during this most turbulent of years.

He achieved First Class Honours in his degree in Screenwriting with Film Studies. “It’s my life’s greatest achievement,” said the 21-year-old from Harvington. “I’m immensely proud of the person my time at university has helped me to become.”

Will, a former Prince Henry’s High School and Evesham College student, said finishing his degree during the pandemic was difficult, but he had nothing but praise for the support he had received from his lecturers.

“I was fortunate that my course had such supportive lecturers that ensured I was well prepared to finish my degree while in lockdown,” he said. “If ever I needed any extra help my lecturers made themselves incredibly accessible and are a key reason that I’ve achieved a First in my degree.”

“I want to send out my thanks to Mark Holloway and Sian Summers for mentoring me all throughout my time at university and helping me to become the writer that I am,” he added.

Will is now studying for a PGCE with a view to qualifying as a teacher, but he is also still pursuing a future in the film and television industry.

“In my own time I will continue to write screenplays as I try to get a foot in the door of the film and TV industry,” he said. “My course has done so well in teaching us how to market ourselves and our creative work so I feel ready to tackle graduate life.”

University of Worcester Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Professor Sarah Greer, said: “The class of 2020 faced some unique challenges in completing their final year, in very difficult external circumstances.  I congratulate them all on their degrees, earned through their hard work and dedication in the face of adversity. I would also thank our outstanding academic staff who worked really hard to support students to achieve their full potential.  Our students who earned a First Class Honours should rightly feel very proud of their outstanding achievements and I wish them all the very best in their future careers.”

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