Dyslexia proves no barrier for Social Work graduate

Kimberly Gallon celebrated four years of hard work this week when she graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Social work.

Kimberley-Gallon.jpgThe Banff local, who has learned to master her dyslexia throughout the course, will take to the stage at His Majesty's Theatre to collect her degree in a morning ceremony on Wednesday 13 July.

Kimberly (25) was originally attracted to the social work profession by her desire to change the lives of others. She attended interviews at a number of universities but ultimately chose to study at Robert Gordon University on account of its high graduate employment rate.

During her time at the university, she has worked hard to manage the balance between study, work and industrial placements - a balance that was difficult to maintain at times given her job as a care assistant which she held throughout the four year course.

In addition to the fulfilling the requirements of the demanding degree programme, Kimberly was continually challenged by her own learning needs which required extra effort on her part to overcome.

She explained: "As a dyslexic, the written elements of the coursework and placements have proven difficult and frustrating at times. However, once this was recognised by my tutors, I very quickly received the additional support I needed to overcome any problems."

Kimberly has already begun her career as a social worker with the Fraserburgh Children and Families team. Looking back on her time at the university, she stated: "The highlights of my time have been meeting other students and being exposed to a wide variety of placements. I learned so much from my placements and have been able to take these learning outcomes into my new career."

Kimberly was joined at the graduation ceremony by her Mum (Jill Clark), Dad (David Gallon), Grandparents (Alistair and Lilian Clark), and brother (David Gallon).


Issued by:

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389