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UU graduate Derek aims to inspire young people with autism to succeed

Derek Hanrahan from Omagh has overcome the challenges of living with autism to graduate from Ulster University with a first class honours in sociology and psychology

He now hopes to inspire others facing similar obstacles to pursue a university degree.

“It was only at the age of 14 that I was diagnosed with autism,” he said.

“From a very early age I found education to be a very difficult experience, not academically I just struggled to fit in. My lack of understanding the basic rules and social conventions led me to being placed in a special needs school. Running parallel to this was the breakdown of my family environment, which ultimately led me to being placed in care. It was a very traumatic time for me.

“I chose to use these experiences as a driving force and as soon as I was old enough I enrolled at my local college. It was my goal to attend Ulster University and I worked extremely hard to achieve the qualifications I needed to get in. I thoroughly researched the University and quickly decided it would be my first choice thanks to its quality of teaching and the support it offers to young people who have not come through mainstream education. I found the process of applying and being accepted a hugely rewarding experience.

Derek was awarded a Gateway Scholarship from Ulster University, which is aimed at supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a university education.

“I wanted to study sociology and psychology to enhance my understanding of a world that I felt so out of sync with. The scholarship allowed me to really focus on my studies – I could get books when I needed and not have to wait or worry about the extra cost. It also helped with my travel costs, which meant I could be on campus more and benefit from being in the university environment. It was truly instrumental in supporting my education.

“Over the years I wanted to help inspire others growing up in disadvantaged circumstances and became involved in numerous charities including NSPCC, Action for Children and importantly Sixteen Plus who had helped me when I was younger,” he said.

“The process that I have been through has not been an easy one. It would have been easy to just withdraw from society but thanks to certain individuals, my confidence grew and I started to realise my potential. I took this belief and a strong work ethic and endeavoured to reach my goal of third level education.

“I intend to continue my higher level education to PhD level whilst at the same time becoming involved in my community as an advocate for those diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum. I want to empower those most in need and I realised that pursuing a university degree would be the best way for me to prepare for a career in this field. I want to show others that a person on the spectrum cannot not only succeed but also help others to succeed.”

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Pass

Olakunle Michael Folami

Anthony Hugh McGinn

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE

IN APPLIED PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES

Pass

Roise Dubh Corrain

Dawn Avril Louise Shackels

Thomas Taylor

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE

IN APPLIED PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES WITH EARLY YEARS

Pass

Carol Anne McLaughlin

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE

IN SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS

Pass

Halcyon Donna Louis

Nicola Jayne Anne Moses

 

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

IN PROFESSIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE

With Distinction

Laura Allen

Conor Paul Bayne

Andrea Doherty

Marie Dolan

Mary Patricia Hendrick

 

Pass

Ciara Furey

Orlagh Gallagher

Conor Brendan McGurk

Barry William O’Donnell

 

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

IN EDUCATION (FURTHER EDUCATION)

With Distinction

Neil Raymond Bolt

Ciaran Clancy

Rosemary Jane Curry

Mark Dalton

Eamonn Anthony McCarron

Cahir McConnell

Donna McDade

Niall Charles McElchar

Sharon Harris McLaughlin

Kevin Meehan

Joan Veronica Olphert

Patricia Eileen Quigley

Patrick Stewart

Morgan Walsh

 

With Commendation

Lyn Black

Sharon Bronagh Eatwell

Eugene John Fitzpatrick

Alan Gibson

Stephanie McDermott

Gregory McGovern

Kevin James McSorley

 

Pass

Grainne Anne McCollum

 

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

IN MIDDLE LEADERSHIP

With Distinction

Karen Mary McAvoy

 

Pass

Claire Jane Bell

Alana McCrudden

Nichola Wendy Mullan

Heather Jayne Peoples

Amanda Jane Thompson

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS

With First Class Honours

Joanne Franklin

Rebecca Barbara Kinley

Sara Jane Plower

 

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Zoe Laura Cornelissen

Emma Louise Crawford

Taryn Christine Graham

Victoria Ruth Kennedy

Hollie Lynch

Darragh McBride

Glenn McGarrigle

Shannon McLaughlin

Iona McPherson

Bronagh Anne O’Mullan

Charlotte Pilling

Ross White

 

 

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Damian Faulkner

Jason Grogan

Marissa Mulryne

Zara Laura Tahir

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS

WITH ACCOUNTING

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Breige Boylan-Calderon

Aaron Cairns

With Third Class Honours

Andrew Houghton

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS WITH HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Stephanie Laughlin

Marie McGarrity

Leo McSweeney

 

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS WITH IRISH

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Clodagh Ni Mhaicin

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS WITH MARKETING

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Clare Browne

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS WITH SOCIOLOGY

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Nicole Blackburn

Nicole Janet Martin

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN COMMUNITY YOUTH WORK

With Third Class Honours

Martin Paul McNutt

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS

IN SOCIAL WORK

With First Class Honours

Angie Sarah Joanne Armstrong

Elizabeth Badger

Siobhan Boland

Chrystal Chestnutt

Brendan Connolly

Stephanie Louise Coyle

Nuala Gill

Zarah Grogan

Nicola Mary Anne Keaveney

Jade Lynch

Caroline Martin

Aisling McAviney

Christina McBeth

Brendan McDaid

Anita Kathleen McGurk

Martin Millar

Matthew Sloan

Evelyn Taylor

Kristy Dawn Williamson

 

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Carol Armstrong

Denis Christopher Armstrong

Laura Catherine Bennett

Deborah Blair

William Bolster

Cara Boyle

Eimear Breen

Aimee Charlotte Brown

Samantha Carland

Victoria Chivers

Catherine Conaghan

Michael Connor

Wendy Coogan

Caroline Craig

Claire Cunningham

Grainne Cupples

Ryan Martin Daly

Karen Dalzell

Melissa Davidson

Keva Devaney

Jenny Dobson

Gary Doherty

Shannan Doherty

Annamarie Fitzpatrick

Karen Gordon

Stephanie Graham

Stacey Grainger

Kirsty Marie Hagan

Chloe Samantha Harrison

Sarah Hayes

Blinne Mairin Hogan

Kevin Desmond Hutton

Helena Joan Shannon Jeffers

Julie Aileen Johnston

Carla Kelly

Jonathan Kerr

Catherine Lockhart

Adrianne Loughran

Carolyn Magill

Ashleen Bridget Mallon

Kerry Martin

Rachel McColgan

Christopher Michael McCullagh

Beverly McCusker

Pauline McDaid

Kieran McGlinchey

Carrie-Ann McKay

Cobhlaith McKinney

Crystal Annie McLaughlin

Karen McLaughlin

Jayne Moffitt

Cathryn Kelly Morrison

Elaine Mulholland

Breda Murphy

Claire Louise Nesbitt

Aideen O’Connor

Ailish Bernadette O’Doherty

Fiona O’Hagan

Ella O’Kane

Fionnuala O’Kane

Maria O’Neill

Caoimhe Owens

Michelle Porter

Leanne Robinson

Ciara Margaret Rodgers

Annmarie Rooney

Christopher Scott

Gemma Louise Scott

Katie Sloan

Lucy Alexandra Smith

Giedre Vaitkunskaite

Leanne Ashley Watton

Katie Alana Webster

Ciara Louise Wedlock

Clare White

 

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Melissa Browning

Frances Connolly

Oisin Forbes

Loraine Gallon

Robyn Gregg

Matthew Keeley

Kirsty Liddy

Sarah McNaught

Angela Quinn

Leanne Riddles

Gemma Scott

 

With Third Class Honours

Evelyn Mearns

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN SOCIOLOGY WITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Enya Quigley

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN SOCIOLOGY WITH HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

With First Class Honours

Meghan Majella O’Donnell

 

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Gavin Curran

Niall Grace

 

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Sara Anderson

Shannon Carlin

Hannah Woods

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN SOCIOLOGY WITH IRISH

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Niamh Harney

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN SOCIOLOGY WITH PSYCHOLOGY

With First Class Honours

Derek Hanrahan

Christina Consuelo McLaughlin

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Megan Anne Adair

Catherine Anderson

Peter Rudolf Bos

Siobhan Cooke

Aoife Gertrude Costello

Hayley Crane

Eilish Devenney

Heather Dobson

Rachel Gillard

Emma Letitia Jayne Glass

Claire Maria Johnston

Dylan Kneeland

Michelle Lambe

Marcella Love

Michael Joseph Malone

Nicola McGrinder

Grainne McKeating

James Joseph McMonagle

Samantha Robinson

Shannon Stanfield

 

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Megan Bowers

Emma-Louise Coleman

Kevin Darragh

Nuala Marie Leonard

Eimear Loughran

Sarah McCullagh

Hayleigh Stevenson

Shauneen Toner

 

ASSOCIATE BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY WITH PSYCHOLOGY

Pass

Lisamarie Gardiner

 

CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOCIOLOGY WITH PSYCHOLOGY

Pass

Megan Curry

Ailish Daly

Maria Donnelly

Rebecca McClelland

 

CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY YOUTH STUDIES

With Distinction

Jeannine Brady

Jordan Lee Collins

Conor Largey

Patrick James Maguire

Robert Daniel Sands

 

With Commendation

Robert Beattie

Raymond Joseph Bonner

Jonathan Vincent Brolly

Nicola Cooney

Kerry Lorraine Fagan

Edel Mary Frances Gibson

Jamie King

Ciaran Konrad

Matthew William Matchett

Pierce McConnell

Meadhbh O’Goan

Taylor Catherine Pollock

Christopher Redmond

Matthew Rennick

Anthony Robinson

 

Pass

Aishling Allsopp

April Eva Carla Johnston

Megan Ross

 

CERTIFICATE

IN TEACHING

With Distinction

Paul Michael Herron

Grainne McCaffrey

Pauline Teresa McConnellogue

Katrina Michelle McCool

Connor McCullough

Helen McFarland

Padraigin Nimhaonaigh

Gaenor Elizabeth Speer

 

With Commendation

Peter Carey

Rosemary Carson

Rosemary Bernadette Daly

David Anthony Egan

Bridget Mary Gillespie

Laura Henry

Irene Florence Kelly

Blathnaid Bernadette Leonard

Amanda Bronagh Maginty

Brenda Marie McCartney

Eileen Veronica McGrinder

Stephanie Louise McGuinness

Martina McLaughlin

Caroline Anne McNamee

Orla Marie McNulty

Joanne Miller

Brian Francis O’Neill

Paul Anthony O’Reilly

Genevieve Sally

Jacqueline Ann Turner

Una Walsh

Richard Samuel Watson

Conrad Martin Wheeler

 

Pass

Ronan Boyle

Linda Mary Elizabeth Jeffers

Eleanor Maguire

Oonagh McGilloway

Lisa Helen McGovern

Breidge McPherson

Ciaran Melaugh

Grainne Marie O’Connor

Margaret Rose Pritchard

Rachel Violet Smyth

Aimee Jane Stirling

 

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Pass

Olakunle Michael Folami

Anthony Hugh McGinn

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE

IN APPLIED PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES

Pass

Roise Dubh Corrain

Dawn Avril Louise Shackels

Thomas Taylor

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE

IN APPLIED PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES WITH EARLY YEARS

Pass

Carol Anne McLaughlin

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE

IN SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS

Pass

Halcyon Donna Louis

Nicola Jayne Anne Moses

 

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

IN PROFESSIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE

With Distinction

Laura Allen

Conor Paul Bayne

Andrea Doherty

Marie Dolan

Mary Patricia Hendrick

 

Pass

Ciara Furey

Orlagh Gallagher

Conor Brendan McGurk

Barry William O’Donnell

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

IN EDUCATION (FURTHER EDUCATION)

With Distinction

Neil Raymond Bolt

Ciaran Clancy

Rosemary Jane Curry

Mark Dalton

Eamonn Anthony McCarron

Cahir McConnell

Donna McDade

Niall Charles McElchar

Sharon Harris McLaughlin

Kevin Meehan

Joan Veronica Olphert

Patricia Eileen Quigley

Patrick Stewart

Morgan Walsh

 

With Commendation

Lyn Black

Sharon Bronagh Eatwell

Eugene John Fitzpatrick

Alan Gibson

Stephanie McDermott

Gregory McGovern

Kevin James McSorley

 

Pass

Grainne Anne McCollum

 

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

IN MIDDLE LEADERSHIP

With Distinction

Karen Mary McAvoy

 

Pass

Claire Jane Bell

Alana McCrudden

Nichola Wendy Mullan

Heather Jayne Peoples

Amanda Jane Thompson

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS

With First Class Honours

Joanne Franklin

Rebecca Barbara Kinley

Sara Jane Plower

 

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Zoe Laura Cornelissen

Emma Louise Crawford

Taryn Christine Graham

Victoria Ruth Kennedy

Hollie Lynch

Darragh McBride

Glenn McGarrigle

Shannon McLaughlin

Iona McPherson

Bronagh Anne O’Mullan

Charlotte Pilling

Ross White

 

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Damian Faulkner

Jason Grogan

Marissa Mulryne

Zara Laura Tahir

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS

WITH ACCOUNTING

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Breige Boylan-Calderon

Aaron Cairns

With Third Class Honours

Andrew Houghton

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS WITH HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Stephanie Laughlin

Marie McGarrity

Leo McSweeney

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS WITH IRISH

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Clodagh Ni Mhaicin

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS WITH MARKETING

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Clare Browne

 

BACHELOR OF LAWS WITH HONOURS WITH SOCIOLOGY

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Nicole Blackburn

Nicole Janet Martin

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN COMMUNITY YOUTH WORK

With Third Class Honours

Martin Paul McNutt

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS

IN SOCIAL WORK

With First Class Honours

Angie Sarah Joanne Armstrong

Elizabeth Badger

Siobhan Boland

Chrystal Chestnutt

Brendan Connolly

Stephanie Louise Coyle

Nuala Gill

Zarah Grogan

Nicola Mary Anne Keaveney

Jade Lynch

Caroline Martin

Aisling McAviney

Christina McBeth

Brendan McDaid

Anita Kathleen McGurk

Martin Millar

Matthew Sloan

Evelyn Taylor

Kristy Dawn Williamson

 

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Carol Armstrong

Denis Christopher Armstrong

Laura Catherine Bennett

Deborah Blair

William Bolster

Cara Boyle

Eimear Breen

Aimee Charlotte Brown

Samantha Carland

Victoria Chivers

Catherine Conaghan

Michael Connor

Wendy Coogan

Caroline Craig

Claire Cunningham

Grainne Cupples

Ryan Martin Daly

Karen Dalzell

Melissa Davidson

Keva Devaney

Jenny Dobson

Gary Doherty

Shannan Doherty

Annamarie Fitzpatrick

Karen Gordon

Stephanie Graham

Stacey Grainger

Kirsty Marie Hagan

Chloe Samantha Harrison

Sarah Hayes

Blinne Mairin Hogan

Kevin Desmond Hutton

Helena Joan Shannon Jeffers

Julie Aileen Johnston

Carla Kelly

Jonathan Kerr

Catherine Lockhart

Adrianne Loughran

Carolyn Magill

Ashleen Bridget Mallon

Kerry Martin

Rachel McColgan

Christopher Michael McCullagh

Beverly McCusker

Pauline McDaid

Kieran McGlinchey

Carrie-Ann McKay

Cobhlaith McKinney

Crystal Annie McLaughlin

Karen McLaughlin

Jayne Moffitt

Cathryn Kelly Morrison

Elaine Mulholland

Breda Murphy

Claire Louise Nesbitt

Aideen O’Connor

Ailish Bernadette O’Doherty

Fiona O’Hagan

Ella O’Kane

Fionnuala O’Kane

Maria O’Neill

Caoimhe Owens

Michelle Porter

Leanne Robinson

Ciara Margaret Rodgers

Annmarie Rooney

Christopher Scott

Gemma Louise Scott

Katie Sloan

Lucy Alexandra Smith

Giedre Vaitkunskaite

Leanne Ashley Watton

Katie Alana Webster

Ciara Louise Wedlock

Clare White

 

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Melissa Browning

Frances Connolly

Oisin Forbes

Loraine Gallon

Robyn Gregg

Matthew Keeley

Kirsty Liddy

Sarah McNaught

Angela Quinn

Leanne Riddles

Gemma Scott

 

With Third Class Honours

Evelyn Mearns

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN SOCIOLOGY WITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Enya Quigley

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN SOCIOLOGY WITH HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

With First Class Honours

Meghan Majella O’Donnell

 

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Gavin Curran

Niall Grace

 

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Sara Anderson

Shannon Carlin

Hannah Woods

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN SOCIOLOGY WITH IRISH

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Niamh Harney

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH HONOURS IN SOCIOLOGY WITH PSYCHOLOGY

With First Class Honours

Derek Hanrahan

Christina Consuelo McLaughlin

With Second Class Honours Upper Division

Megan Anne Adair

Catherine Anderson

Peter Rudolf Bos

Siobhan Cooke

Aoife Gertrude Costello

Hayley Crane

Eilish Devenney

Heather Dobson

Rachel Gillard

Emma Letitia Jayne Glass

Claire Maria Johnston

Dylan Kneeland

Michelle Lambe

Marcella Love

Michael Joseph Malone

Nicola McGrinder

Grainne McKeating

James Joseph McMonagle

Samantha Robinson

Shannon Stanfield

 

With Second Class Honours Lower Division

Megan Bowers

Emma-Louise Coleman

Kevin Darragh

Nuala Marie Leonard

Eimear Loughran

Sarah McCullagh

Hayleigh Stevenson

Shauneen Toner

 

ASSOCIATE BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY WITH PSYCHOLOGY

Pass

Lisamarie Gardiner

 

CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOCIOLOGY WITH PSYCHOLOGY

Pass

Megan Curry

Ailish Daly

Maria Donnelly

Rebecca McClelland

 

CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY YOUTH STUDIES

With Distinction

Jeannine Brady

Jordan Lee Collins

Conor Largey

Patrick James Maguire

Robert Daniel Sands

 

With Commendation

Robert Beattie

Raymond Joseph Bonner

Jonathan Vincent Brolly

Nicola Cooney

Kerry Lorraine Fagan

Edel Mary Frances Gibson

Jamie King

Ciaran Konrad

Matthew William Matchett

Pierce McConnell

Meadhbh O’Goan

Taylor Catherine Pollock

Christopher Redmond

Matthew Rennick

Anthony Robinson

 

Pass

Aishling Allsopp

April Eva Carla Johnston

Megan Ross

 

CERTIFICATE

IN TEACHING

With Distinction

Paul Michael Herron

Grainne McCaffrey

Pauline Teresa McConnellogue

Katrina Michelle McCool

Connor McCullough

Helen McFarland

Padraigin Nimhaonaigh

Gaenor Elizabeth Speer

 

With Commendation

Peter Carey

Rosemary Carson

Rosemary Bernadette Daly

David Anthony Egan

Bridget Mary Gillespie

Laura Henry

Irene Florence Kelly

Blathnaid Bernadette Leonard

Amanda Bronagh Maginty

Brenda Marie McCartney

Eileen Veronica McGrinder

Stephanie Louise McGuinness

Martina McLaughlin

Caroline Anne McNamee

Orla Marie McNulty

Joanne Miller

Brian Francis O’Neill

Paul Anthony O’Reilly

Genevieve Sally

Jacqueline Ann Turner

Una Walsh

Richard Samuel Watson

Conrad Martin Wheeler

 

Pass

Ronan Boyle

Linda Mary Elizabeth Jeffers

Eleanor Maguire

Oonagh McGilloway

Lisa Helen McGovern

Breidge McPherson

Ciaran Melaugh

Grainne Marie O’Connor

Margaret Rose Pritchard

Rachel Violet Smyth

Aimee Jane Stirling

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