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Lucy-Rae Naylor

A student from Teeside is celebrating after achieving First Class Honours in her degree.

Lucy-Rae Naylor, from Middlesbrough, joined the Universitys BA Hons Animation course three years ago after completing a BTEC in Interactive Media at Cleveland College of Art and Design, where she gained two Distinctions and a Merit.

The 20-year-old said: As somebody who came out of school with very average grades, I never felt that I was intelligent enough to make something of myself. But I made the decision that I was going to prove to myself that I could excel in a different area and give myself that running jump in to a career I wanted rather than one that was hand-picked for me.

She continued: The University of Worcester was an ideal university choice for me. After interviews at other universities, Worcester was the only one of four that actively engaged with me about the type of Animation I wished to pursue and how I wanted to develop creatively throughout my study.

I came out of college with the mindset of, I know what I want to do; why should I go to university when I can just go and do it?. I'm so glad I decided against that, as I've learnt so much vital information that I needed to know to go in to my chosen industry. Not only that, but my idea of what I wanted to do completely changed. I went from one side of animation to the other, and now I have found that passion and love for the films I create. I never thought that university could direct me this far, but it's definitely shaped my future for the better.

Lucy-Rae will graduate with First Class Honours during a ceremony at Worcester Cathedral in November.

To come out of university with a First Class degree, after getting 5 GSCE's at the C average, is astounding, she said. I never would have thought that I would have achieved this; there was a time in university that I thought I would barely scrape a 2:2.

Lucy-Rae is now working with two independent filmmakers from America on a commission. In the future, she said she would like to work with a string of charities or companies creating short animated films informing about the stigma's/effects of social issues within society.

It's a very real dream and it's only possible through the contacts I've made from university and the guest speakers that were brought in, she said.