Zoë French was forced to take six weeks off during the final year of her Construction Management and Surveying degree for medical reasons. The supportive community at Reading enabled her to catch up, graduate that year and begin a highly successful career.
"The staff in the School were incredibly supportive when I fell ill. My course director sat down with me to discuss whether I should try and catch up, or delay graduating by a year. With the support of the School, I felt confident enough to go for it and try to catch up.
"The supportive community at Reading was key to me finishing my final year. The academics were friendly and approachable, and always happy to chat after lectures. My classmates shared their notes with me and offered encouragement.
"The resource room was an excellent central meeting point, where you could guarantee you'd find another student on your course if you needed help or just a chat.
"Without that support I might not have achieved such a good degree, or I might have graduated a year behind and found it much harder to get a job."