20th January 2004




Mature student Andy Long is to graduate with distinction from the University of Lincoln this week despite having dyslexia.


Andy (43) will graduate with a masters degree in Strategic Management Information Systems at a ceremony at Hull City Hall at 2.30pm on Friday 23rd January.


Andy, from Bridlington, was made redundant after an accident left him injured and unable to go back to work as a concrete foreman.


As a result of the accident he took a step back into education at the age of 37 and completed an HND in Business and Information Systems at East Yorkshire College.


He then studied for a degree in Business Information Systems at the University of Lincoln in Hull, graduating with first-class honours in 1999.


And with the arrival of twins part way through his masters degree, Andy had many a sleepless night juggling his family, work and study.


Andy found work at Hull firm Attric Group Limited, one of the UK’s leading providers of documentation services, thanks to the university’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships scheme.


“I have gained my masters degree along with a very good future with the company,” said Andy.


“Having a dyslexic working for a document solution company must have been an act of faith on the part of the company directors.


“Both the University of Lincoln and Attric have been very supportive through the two years of my masters degree and they were very sympathetic and helpful when the twins were born.”


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships place graduates with small to medium-sized enterprises and give graduates the opportunity to gain a higher degree.


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