13th June 2000

 

DEGREE SUCCESS FOR TRADESMEN

 

Two county men who decided to hang up the tools of their trade to give themselves the chance of a better job in the future are graduating from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in July.

 

Neal Walker worked in the building industry for 23 years and Steven Greenley was a local plumber before they both decided to get back into education.

 

“My job was going nowhere, and I was in the middle of a building course at a local college when I was made redundant,” said Neal, from Beverley.

 

Neal had to give up the course, but he soon signed up to the BSc Architectural Technology programme along with Steven Greenley, from Westminster Avenue, Hull.

 

This year will be the first time students have graduated from the programme as it was only introduced at the Hull School of Architecture in 1997.

 

“The course was a good mix of mature and younger students, and with there being just 14 of us we were quite a close group,” said Neal, 43, who lives in Beverley Parklands.

 

“The course was very hard work, but considering how long I was out of education I knew it wouldn’t be easy. Fortunately studying for a while at Hull College before I went to the university really helped prepare me.”

 

Architectural Technology students will graduate at Hull City Hall on Wednesday 19th July at 11am.

 

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Sam Hendley Press Officer. Tel: 01522 886042