“I really enjoyed Uni. The social side was what I was most worried about but the friends I've made here are the best I've ever had. I got involved in student radio and was able to do things I never had the chance to do.”
Greg Storey, BA (Hons) Visual Effects and Concept Design graduate
A Staffordshire University graduate who suffers with Tourettes Syndrome is returning to University to demonstrate that with ideas, vision and networking, anything is possible.
Greg Storey, will be speaking at the Digitech conference which is a feature of this year's CareersFest – two weeks of activity designed to get students planning for life after graduation.
Since graduating in 2015, Greg who studied for a BA (Hons) Visual Effects and Concept Design, has co-founded a company Aspartech which is dedicated to making computing faster.
But when growing up in Pickering, North Yorkshire, teachers didn't have high hopes for Greg who was diagnosed with Tourettes aged six and who sometimes struggled to hold a book or pen because of the severity of his physical tics.
“Their words were that I probably wouldn't make it to University but that became my driving force and I got the grades I needed.”
Greg, who has featured in a number of BBC television documentaries to raise awareness of his condition and who discovered drumming was an effective outlet for his condition, has never looked back.
He said: “I really enjoyed Uni. The social side was what I was most worried about but the friends I've made here are the best I've ever had. I got involved in student radio and was able to do things I never had the chance to do.”
“On graduating, I set up a small design business and did work for Badminton, Bosch and DFS. Through a contact at the BBC, I was also able to get an internship at a special effects company and it was while there, that I approached the friend I was staying with about this idea I'd had.”
Having founded Aspartech with friend Sam Wilkinson in July 2015, the fast growing technology company now employs around 60 people.
“We've created software that makes computers run faster. We're working with Enterprise Solutions and big business and the output systems will be available to the public at some point soon.”
Greg's presentation to students 'From Dreams to Reality: Inspiring ideas within a Network' will be filmed for the BBC who are documenting the progress he has made in recent years.
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