Jan 16 2013 by Our Correspondent, Birkenhead News
A STUDENT from Wirral was recognised as one of the University of Reading’s top 1% students by its Chancellor Sir John Madejski at the 2012 Chancellor’s Award ceremony.
Thomas Fairclough, 21, from New Brighton, was congratulated at the event, which celebrated the students who achieved the best results in their subject at the end of either their first or second year of study.
Nearly 70 students gathered for the reception which was hosted by Sir John, a successful businessman who founded Auto Trader and is currently chairman of Reading FC.
Sir John said: “The University of Reading was ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide this year so it is very fitting that we recognise our top 1% students.
“The University of Reading is committed to rewarding and celebrating talent, hard work and achievement across its student community.
“Thomas is representative of our brightest and best students from across the university’s broad range of academic disciplines. We are extremely proud to be able to showcase such an inspiring group of individuals.”
Thomas, a law student, said: “Law is, by its very nature, a diverse force that has direct impact on our everyday lives.
“Law governs everything from how we interact with one another to how the state treats us as its citizens.
“Law affects everything from our families to our jobs. I could not think of anything more infinitely fascinating to study, nor could I think of anything more enthralling to eventually practise in.
“I chose to come to the University of Reading for three main reasons – the law school’s reputation as a leader in both graduate prospects and research; the idyllic campus that the university is situated on; and the proximity to London – you are only 25 minutes away by train.
“This means that one can engage in work experience opportunities which may otherwise be closed.
“The best thing about life at Reading is the independence gained by moving to a university away from home.
“Life at Reading is fast-paced, university goes by very quickly, but it is reassuring to know that, despite your independence, you have a network of tutors to fall back on should you need guidance or help.”