Autistic graduate praises University of Hertfordshire after gaining first class degree

A STUDENT said he feels like “a pioneer for autistic people” after overcoming his learning disabilities and gained a first class bachelor of Science degree.

Thomas Bromyard, from WGC, graduated last week after gaining his degree in Games and Graphics Hardware Technology at the University of Hertfordshire.

Thomas, 21, who is a former pupil of Monks Walk School, suffers from high-functioning autism and had faced challenges during his education that most other people don’t.

These included writing assignments, understanding the Harvard-referencing process, grasping the public transport system, taking part in group work and completing theory-based projects.

Thomas, who is now seeking employment in the games and graphics industry, said: “While I received support for my disability at university, I feel as though I was a pioneer for autistic people there.

“I had problems structuring my assignments and struggled with social modules and essay-writing.

“However, the support system made sure all the lecturers knew I had autism, helped me manage my workloads and gave me just the help I needed to develop my independence.”

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He added: “The university is special to me as both my parents met and fell in love there when it was a polytechnic, so it’s become a family tradition.”