BSc Computer Science
Neil is a shining example of our inspirational alumni community.
Since graduating in 2015 with a first-class degree in BSc (Hons) Computer Science, software developer Neil has achieved an awful lot. This year, he deservedly won the Young Achiever of the Year 2022 title at the Yorkshire Asian Young Achiever Awards.
This is Neil’s story.
“I was born with cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair.”
"At school, I had a lot of help and lived at home with my family, but when I came to the University of Bradford to study Computer Science, I was given the opportunity to gain independence and thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Everything was really accessible on campus, I’ve never seen anything like it."
“Achieving a first-class honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Bradford was a real moment in life for me.”
"The course gave me all the fundamentals of software development and the architecture of systems.
"It really does give you everything you need to jump-start a career in software development, so I was determined to do well.
"I decided I wanted to do a sandwich course which would allow me to work in the industry for the first time. This wouldn't have been possible without the University of Bradford, it gave me the confidence to apply for IBM and I was lucky enough to secure a placement with the London office.
"With my new-found independence, I moved down to London, which was my first time away from home.
"London is nowhere near as disability friendly as Leeds and Bradford, but it was amazing life and work experience and another huge leap in my development."
Without going to the University of Bradford, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“I secured employment straight after university.”
"I worked with FDM Group which is a software consultancy firm, working on software solutions for clients like the Department for Work and Pensions and the Yorkshire Building Society. I now work for Next as a software developer on e-commerce. I love my job.
"I’ve kept in contact with the team from the University; they have always been so supportive and really championed me.
"One of my professors recently asked if he could nominate me for an award in the Yorkshire Asian Young Achiever Awards, which was really kind.
"I was thrilled to be named a runner-up in the ‘Overcoming Life Obstacles’ category that they nominated me for, but then surprised and delighted to be chosen as the overall winner of the Young Achiever of the Year 2022!
"I wasn’t prepared to go all the way, but it made me proud and my family proud. I hope it inspires others with disabilities to overcome challenges and achieve more.
"It gave me greater belief in myself and the confidence to get out there and get in the working world. I’ve had an amazing professional career since, and I’m constantly striving to be the best software developer I can be.
"There is no limit to what you can achieve, the University of Bradford taught me that."
I want to say thank you to the University for always supporting me.