A SEVERE "learning disability" has not deterred a Huddersfield man from gaining a degree.
David Barraclough, of Almondbury, graduated with a 2:2 degree in geology from Derby University.
Twenty-four-year-old David's accomplishment is even more rem- arkable considering staff who taught him described his dyslexia as the worst they had ever encountered.
David said he enjoyed his time at University and is thrilled with his achievement.
He said: "I had difficulty with reading and writing at school through dyslexia, so to have been able to study for three years at this level and graduate is really good."
To aid him in his learning, David was given a printer, scanner and special computer software.
He added: "I have had hurdles to overcome on my course as a result of the dyslexia. One of the major problems was word and spelling recognition. However the support from everyone and the approach to lecturing has been brilliant."
David hopes his degree will help him get a job in the field of civil engineering.
Dr Andrew Johnson, who works in the Division of Earth Systems Science at the University of Derby said: "David's achievement's have been a major success in light of his very severe disability."