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Graduation 2015: A First Class driving ambition

David Bell Wednesday 22 July 2015

Business Management and Marketing student David Bell is certainly driven - demonstrated by his First Class degree and his Dean’s Award for achievement in Marketing. 

David, from Dingle, originally decided to return to education after being made redundant. He then balanced a two year college access course followed by a three year degree at Liverpool Hope with a full time job as taxi driver.  

David said: “I chose Liverpool Hope for two reasons. Firstly, I had heard it was a mature student-friendly university. I knew two people who had started studying here in their 30s, and they both recommended it to me.  I also live quite close to Hope Park, and passing it nearly every day, I thought that it looked like a great campus in which to study.”  

“One of my highlights at Hope was going on a trip to a drinks factory in my second year with my marketing tutor Adnane. I was still unsure what I wanted to do when I finished my degree, and this made me realise that I’d like to work in the manufacturing industry.  Another highlight for me was results day - getting a First Class grade was one of the best things that's ever happened to me.” 

David added: “I developed many skills at my time at Liverpool Hope. Although I've always thought of myself as a confident person, I would always feel nervous doing presentations. After doing many presentations over the last three years, and in front of large groups, I no longer have a problem with them. You could say I even enjoy them!

David is interested in working in automotive manufacturing and has secured himself a job with Lear Corporation in the Midlands, which he hopes will be a stepping stone in achieving his aims.

He said: “I believe that the other skills I have acquired, which I know will be very useful going forward, include conducting research, report writing and working in teams. If I had to sum up my time at Hope in three words, it would be “extremely rewarding experience”.


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