A STUDENT from Wirral is studying for a doctorate after struggling for years with dyslexia.
Hard work and determination to overcome dyslexia was rewarded when David Tully graduated with a first class degree in computer games technology earlier this month.
The 26-year-old’s achievement has paid off, as he is now studying a PhD in the same subject at Liverpool John Moores University.
Surprisingly David doesn’t have an interest in playing games and stumbled on to the course by chance.
It was at the age of nine that he was diagnosed with severe dyslexia while at Woodlands Primary School.
He spent two years at Orrets Meadow Primary School in Moreton – a school dedicated to helping children with dyslexia – to help manage the condition.
From there he went to Rock Ferry High School at 11, where he excelled.
David, from Rock Ferry, said: “I achieved the highest mark overall on the degree course and was the only one to be selected to do a PhD. I’m pleased with how it’s gone.
“I have severe dyslexia but not as bad as other people.
“I was gaining top grades in maths and sciences at school but lower ones for English – I achieved a GCSE grade C.
“Currently I’m constantly reading books and scientific papers for the PhD which takes a lot of effort.
“I don’t particularly play computer games – I’m not a gamer.
“I produce them – it requires a lot of creativity and logic to develop.
“It is quite challenging as you have to ensure it is a game that people would want to play.”
Proud mum Carol wants David’s success story to give hope to other children.
She added: “David was diagnosed with dyslexia aged nine, and he attended Orrets Meadow School for two years.
“After spending two years at Orrets he was able to attend the mainstream school, Rock Ferry High, were he obtained very good GCSE results.
“After this he went to Birkenhead 6th Form College, but after doing his AS levels decided he didn't enjoy it anymore and went on to study music at Carlet Park College. He obtained a BTec with distinction.
“Although he loves playing guitar and has been in a number of bands playing all over the country, the music course at university was mainly written work which he didn't enjoy.
“His tutor suggested doing a computer access course, so did and really enjoyed it.
“He then did a degree course at Liverpool John Moores University, and is now studying for a PhD.
“I’m extremely proud of his achievements.
“It is thanks to Woodlands Primary School and Orrets Meadow for all of their help and support in his early years, and to Rock Ferry High for giving him the confidence to do well.
“I’m proud he went to Orrets who put him on the right track to overcome dyslexia.
“I hope this will inspire other children and parents.”