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Successful graduate gains Computing degree and award from Bucks New University

PUBLISHED: 14:35 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:35 19 September 2014

Mary Oliver gained first-class honours in BSc (Hons) Computing and achieved the highest mark of any student in the Department of Computing at Bucks New University. Photo by Dave Marriott Photography.

Mary Oliver gained first-class honours in BSc (Hons) Computing and achieved the highest mark of any student in the Department of Computing at Bucks New University. Photo by Dave Marriott Photography.

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Former Aylesbury High School student honoured

A Buckinghamshire New University graduate from Whiteleaf near Aylesbury has won an Outstanding Achievement Award for her degree in Computing.

Mary Oliver, 22, of Peters Lane, Whiteleaf, near Monks Risborough, gained first-class honours in BSc (Hons) Computing at the University in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe.

The high-achieving graduate received her degree and award for achieving the highest mark of any student in the Department of Computing at Bucks New University at a graduation ceremony at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe.

Mary, a former pupil of Aylesbury High School in Walton Road, Aylesbury, is now looking for a role in software engineering and would eventually like to design video games or work developing artificial intelligence.

She said: “Studying at Bucks New University has given me courage, because it’s allowed me to become well-versed in a mixture of pretty heavy topics and skills, most of which I had previously been too afraid of to look into myself.

“The lecturers are magicians and thanks to learning from them I don’t feel as though I’m going to have huge amounts of trouble obtaining that elusive first job.“I’m looking forward to becoming a professional, learning from professionals, and exploring the field of computer technology further during my career. I’d also like to do some research of my own, so I might read for a Master’s after I’ve got my foot in the door of employment.”

Mike Everett, Principal Lecturer in Computing & IT at Bucks New University, said: “The quality of Mary’s work over the last three years has always been of the highest standard.

“She will undoubtedly be an excellent ambassador for the University throughout her professional working life.

“Mary excelled at every aspect of the Computing course and was always very interested and motivated by her studies. She communicated exceptionally well in both written and verbal presentations.”

Mary was joined at her graduation by her mother Sarah, who works for Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, and father David, a retired building surveyor.

Mary received her degree certificate and award in the presence of family and friends alongside Bucks New University students and honorary graduates at the University’s graduation ceremonies held at Wycombe Swan Theatre.

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