Graduation success for Biosciences student Nick Hoad

Department’s pride at “dedicated” Zoology graduate’s First Class achievements

Nick HoadNick Hoad celebrates the achievement of a First Class BSc Zoology degree from Swansea University, after three years’ study in the Department of Biosciences, College of Science.

Nick, aged 21, from Cheddar in Somerset, received his degree at the College’s Degree and Award Congregation, held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, watched by his family, including mum Alison, dad Terry, sister Abigail, and grandparents Janet and Hewart Jeffries.

While Nick’s academic success was formally recognised during the Congregation, proud staff at his Department were also quick to add their congratulations in recognition of his extra-curricular efforts in conservation.

Dr Penny Neyland, Tutor in Biosciences, who taught Nick during his third year field course, said: “Nick has been an extremely dedicated student, not just to his academic studies but also to the Swansea University Conservation Ecology Society (SUCES), of which he was the President.

“Nick has organised and has been actively involved in numerous conservation efforts and outreach work for SUCES, including organising student conferences; volunteering events to support activities and organisations such as beach cleaning, the National Trust, the Countryside Council for Wales, and Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour; and the promotion of conservation-related careers and news articles. We are proud to say he and the committee made SUCES a real success!

“To achieve a First Class degree whilst engaging in all of these conservation activities is commendable. Nick was a pleasure to teach, a very keen student that I know will continue to make a difference by engaging in conservation efforts in the future, wherever he may be.”

Speaking after receiving his degree, Nick said: “It's a fantastic feeling to be graduating today – and in such brilliant weather! The past three years have been an amazing experience and I've met so many wonderful and interesting people while I've been here.

“Swansea's an excellent university – not just for the educational side, but also for the huge range of other activities to get involved in such as sports clubs and societies. I feel very lucky to have studied here.

“The Conservation Ecology Society has also been a great experience for me and I want to say a huge thanks to all the members and everyone who's been involved over the last three years.”

Nick now hopes to go onto study for a Master’s course in environmental dynamics and climate change next year.

“Nick is a credit to his family and to our Biosciences Department. We will be sad to see him leave, but we wish him the very best in the future, added Dr Neyland. 

“We would like to say well done Nick – we are all very proud of you.”

For more information contact Bethan Evans, Swansea University Public Relations Office, Tel: 01792 295049, or email: b.w.evans@swansea.ac.uk.