Published: 12 November 2008 at 11:32
Mature student makes it in business, scoops first class degree and prize and then moves into teaching
Mature Anglia Ruskin University student Barny Shergold has graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science and Internet Technology, an industry prize and the aim to move from a career in business into a life dedicated to teaching.
The 40 year-old, from Ashwell near Baldock, has always been driven in business, working on the development of data bases and computer systems for a number of companies before ultimately becoming a director of a large Internet Service Provider. He was fortunate to become financially secure after the owner of the business he worked for sold the company to a larger group to facilitate taking the business to a new level, and rewarded the directors for their hard work and loyalty.
He had worked in IT from the age of 18, was self-taught and worked ‘extremely hard’ throughout his business life.
When he reached this change-point in his career, he decided he wanted to fulfil a long held wish to become a teacher and found that he would have to formalise his knowledge by getting a degree before training as a teacher.
He began a full time degree course in 2005, encouraged by his wife and six-year old son, and was determined from the very start of the course to gain a first.
During his third year of study, Barny won the British Computer Society (East Anglia Branch) prize for being the ‘Best Year Two Student’. He will collect this prize at the same time as he collects his degree award.
Barny is currently undertaking a Graduate Teacher Programme at Denbigh School in Milton Keynes and at the University of Bedfordshire. When he completes his training he plans to go on to take a Masters Degree in Education.