Brandon tells us about his aspirations to train as a physiotherapist, and the support he's received during his studies.

Brandon Boateng-Williams has just graduated from the university's Medway Campus with a BSc in sports science, and now hopes to train as a physiotherapist after he graduates. He credits his success to hard work and the university's specialist support for his dyslexia.

"I was too proud to admit it at first, but I used to struggle with my studies a lot both at school and in the first year of university. That all changed in my second year when I was diagnosed with dyslexia."

After his diagnosis, Brandon received lots of help from the *AccessAbility Project, such as extra time in his exams. "I had excellent support from Melanie Thorley for my dyslexia. She's been there from the start."

While he was a student, he worked for Melanie, the university's *AccessAbility project co-ordinator, as an accessibility ambassador and made weekly visits to Rivermead, a community special school in Kent, where he provided mentoring, career advice and coursework support.

Having lecturers that are willing you to do your best makes all the difference too, says Brandon. "One of my lecturers, Sean Thomas is brilliant. He makes sure that you know he wants you to get the grades."

One of the things Brandon particularly enjoyed about studying at the university was the group work. This can be anything from projects and collaborative work to revision sessions in the library.

Brandon wants to work with professional athletes as a physiotherapist, but is also considering teaching because he's enjoyed his work with young people at Rivermead so much.