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Graduate proves critics wrong to complete PhD

Published: Saturday, 30 January 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A Swansea University graduate is proving her doubters wrong, after completing a PhD despite being diagnosed with dyspraxia and dyslexia.

Anna White has always been sure of her creative side, having completed a BA and Masters, but transferring her concepts on to paper has always been a chore.

At 31, it is only now that the reasons for her difficulties have become apparent. Four years into her PhD in German Studies, Miss White was diagnosed with dyspraxia and dyslexia. Having already achieved a BA and MA in War and Society, her achievements are certainly something to celebrate. Especially after many of her tutors said they were dubious she would realise her ambition, with a number openly airing their negative comments. 

Thankfully Anna proved her critics wrong and is now the proud owner of a PhD. This incredible achievement was celebrated with a congregation service at Swansea's prestigious Brangwyn Hall.

“I always knew that I wanted to push forward with my studies as far as I could, and I still would not consider the PhD to be the end,” explained Anna. “It has been a struggle to overcome my problems as I knew in my mind what I wanted to say but it wasn't always easy to convert those ideas into words.”

After putting her PhD on hold upon the news of her late diagnosis, Anna began to work alongside specialist tutors at the University in order to fulfil her goals, including Professor Julian Preece and Dr 
Steve McVeigh. Anna's final thesis was celebrated by her examiners, both commending it on its clarity of expression and originality.

“I wanted to prove my doubters wrong and I was determined to achieve my aims,” Anna added. “Now that proper recognition has been given to my issues, and with the excellent help and support I received, I have been able learn to overcome my difficulties and I am thrilled that I have finally completed my PhD and that the examiners were pleased with my thesis. 

She added that she has learnt a lot about herself and her chosen field of study while in Swansea and is proud of the latest milestone she had passed.

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