Overcoming challenges to celebrate a first-class honours degree at UWTSD


For Ewan Richards, celebrating a first-class honours degree in BSc Computing is even more of an achievement as he also had to overcome the challenges of having autism.

Ewan Richards

Ewan’s determination to succeed was also helped by the support he received from tutors and the Student Services team at the University.

Ewan wanted to share his experience in higher education with others who might be in similar circumstances. He wrote the inspirational blog below, which was published across our social media channels, shared widely, and received a lot of positive support in response.

Ewan said: "Many students who have additional learning difficulties and disabilities find it difficult to study a University degree. As an autistic student, I understand what barriers students are challenged with. I find some things quite overpowering sometimes and the University has helped me immensely as they have helped me improve my confidence by making me an equal part of the University environment.

“I had access to a range of support at the University such as study skills, assistive technology training, time management, and improvement with my academic writing. All of this support, with thanks to the Student Services team, can point you in the right direction and are they are all more than willing to assist students. Thanks to the support team, they have helped me to develop my confidence and communication skills and I have been involved in a range of University opportunities such as being a student ambassador.

“The Student Hwb also provided me with many opportunities to join in with their virtual coffee & chat virtual events as well as being part of a student focus group to collect feedback and to give my views on how the app could be improved for current and future students. This is something I have thoroughly enjoyed and enjoyed being a part of.

“I also worked with a Study Assistant who encouraged me and helped me to understand assignment scenarios and breaking big tasks into much smaller and manageable tasks.

“Students with learning difficulties can talk about their needs with one of the University’s Disability Advisors who can discuss what’s available for the student. You’ll be enriched with methods, strategies, and improved levels of confidence. We also have a Career Service for those who need assistance with generating future ideas, understanding your options, creating CV’s and effective job searching.”

Ewan now plans to stay on at UWTD to study for an MSc in Software Engineering.

UWTSD Computing Manager Dr Michael Dacey said: “He has always worked hard and has become very valued member of our student body. We are all delighted with his success and look forward to seeing him next year for MSc studies.”


Further Information

Rebecca Davies

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Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk