20th July 2001




A former bricklayer who had a complete career change three years ago to become a full-time university student is to graduate in Hull on 26th July.


David Sheppard (32), from Mablethorpe, was a bricklayer for 11 years before enrolling on the Games, Simulation and Virtual Reality degree at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


ďThe games industry really appealed to me Ė itís fast-moving with great opportunities for success,Ē said David, who studied Computer Aided Design at Grimsby College before joining the university.


For his final project he designed a piece of software for deaf children based on the sign language alphabet with support from local hearing organisations. The inspiration came from his time spent communicating with a friendís young deaf daughter.


Senior Lecturer Mark Doughty commented: ďIím really impressed with the standard of Davidís work and Iím sure that he will have a successful career in the industry.


ďThis is the first year that students will graduate from Games Simulation and Virtual Reality, so Iím looking forward to hearing their news.Ē


David will graduate at the Hull City Hall on Thursday 26th July at 11:30am.


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042



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