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Matthew Graham

MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Software Engineering)

Matthew Graham turned to a Degree Apprenticeship when he needed to further strengthen his knowledge and experience as a software developer on major health projects for the NHS. For the last 11 years, Matthew has seen his career grow with the NHS Business Services Authority from a data entry job to recently becoming the Lead Software Developer, working on projects such as Brexit, Covid-19 and protecting lives through medicine management.

“From the very first module, I’ve been discovering so much, and it’s been so exciting to learn brand new tools. The motivation behind the degree was really understanding software development IT and being able to progress and understand the nuts and bolts and know the answer or have the tools to give an answer.

“I have found a passion for software development as I worked my way up, which has now led me back to University all these years later to learn more.

“I was worried I would be the oldest one on the programme, but actually there is such an interesting mix of people from all ages. The lecturers have been very supportive and I’m gaining a good grounding in how to write academic papers.

“The apprenticeship has really opened my eyes to applied qualifications which are hugely useful in the workplace. I am going to get a Master’s degree out of it, but the apprenticeship side is fantastic because it’s applied knowledge I can take back into my work with the NHS.”

Published 26 February 2021

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