George Upfield came to the University of Reading with his guide dog Yoko to study Classics as an Undergraduate in 2016, and graduated in 2019.
University is a big step-up for anyone, being in completely unfamiliar surroundings and meeting loads of different people, but for George having a vision impairment, this was an even more daunting prospect.
Added to this were worries about his disability hindering him from keeping up-to-date with coursework. However, Yoko and George were made to feel very welcome, not only by the halls staff, but also in the Classics Department.
“During Fresher’s Week, I had tours of the Classics Department with my tutor so I knew where everything was, and then had tours of the main campus so I could find other lecture halls, the library and cafes.
My worries of not keeping up with coursework deadlines were soon put to rest after my first couple of essays, and I quickly found a routine of research to suit me, with the help of my lecturers.
I also got more confident about asking for help or clarification if I didn’t understand something.”