“All of my friends were applying to universities and I just thought that's obviously not for me. I didn't even think I was intelligent enough."
Dominic Moule, MSci Biological Science
A Staffordshire University graduate has completed a dream work placement, scooped a first class degree and won a top prize – all after coming through Clearing.
Dominic Moule missed the A-Levels grades to get into veterinary school but is now on the way to achieving his dream career after studying MSci Biological Science at Staffordshire University.
“It totally knocked me back. All of my friends were applying to universities and I just thought that's obviously not for me. I didn't even think I was intelligent enough.” explained Dominic, 21 from Featherstone in Wolverhampton.
“Now I've graduated with a first and I got the Outstanding Performance award so things are looking up!”
Dominic attended a late Open Day at Staffordshire University and was impressed by the facilities and enthusiasm of lecturer Kevin Reiling.
“Originally I wasn't that interested in doing a degree but after I'd spoken to Kevin I was like ‘Where do I apply? When do I start?’.
“It's been amazing actually. Originally, I only came on for the three years but I've enjoyed it that much I swapped to the four year integrated MSci.”
Through his course and the University's placement team, Dominic had the opportunity to work at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa in his final year.
Dominic spent a month on the reserve helping with a range of conservation projects and worked with endangered animals including white rhino, hyenas and leopard turtles.
He said: “It was literally life-changing. I know people say that about good experiences but it genuinely was. It has further installed exactly what I want to do in my head. It was eye-opening and I've got go back to Africa that's one thing for certain.”
Dominic graduated with first class honours and received a special prize for 'Outstanding Performance' on his degree course. Dominic hopes to return to Staffordshire University to complete a PhD and his ultimate goal is to be Wildlife Veterinarian.
He added: “The lecturers really helped with my confidence. Not just on an educational level but on a pastoral level as well. They've really helped me develop as a person and grow into a confident scientist. That is all thanks to the staff at Staffs Uni.”
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