News release: Local man gets top class award

Media and Promotion Office (2002) News release: Local man gets top class award. Other. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston.

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A Colchester man who upped sticks and moved up north is now celebrating achieving a
first class honours degree from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.
David McGrath Wilkinson, 33, grew up in Essex, leaving the area to pursue a career as a
writer in the Lake District. He moved to Lancashire four years ago, making his home in
Preston, where he decided to study for a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature.
A former pupil of Colchester Royal Grammar School, David says that he had always
phumed to return to studying and he is now looking forward to furthering his academic
career when he enrols on a masters course at the University.
"I was impressed by the University and by the support I received from the tutors," he
said. "Although I started as a 'mature' student, I didn't feel like one!"
David also enjoyed the support of his wife Clair, a civil servant, and his two proud
daughters Heather, 6 and Sashia 4, both of whom were at the Preston Guildhall to see
their Dad receive his award.
16 July 2002
Note: A digital iinage of David McGrath Wilkinson and his family is available on
request. Please contact Pamela Culley, University Media Office, tel: 01772 892486

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