A stepping stone to greater heights

Celebrating the 10 LLB students who achieved a first class degree in 2013
LLB graduate Cheung Hoi Yin Ingrid
This year saw the highest number of LLB Firsts this century
I have found the University of London programme intellectually stimulating and rigorous throughout and got a great deal from the course

The number of LLB students who gained Firsts this year is the highest this century and, it seems, in living memory. The difficulties of achieving a first class degree with the programme are very well known and the tiny percentage of students achieving such a level of success inevitably remains small.

Two of our first class students this year studied independently. They are both male, both live in the United Kingdom and were both born in the same year!  Gareth Thomas and David Erdos both expressed delight with their results and variously noted the rigour of the course as well as the quality of the self-study materials and the value of the weekend courses run by the University of London.

“I have found the University of London programme intellectually stimulating and rigorous throughout and got a great deal from the course. Although it is hard work to combine with a full-time job, it was certainly worth doing”, David commented.

Although our programmes are designed to accommodate students balancing their studies with their busy working and family lives, it is nevertheless very gratifying when students prepare for examinations using only the materials provided by the Undergraduate Laws Programme. Successful graduates were also kind enough to commend the quality of the academic and learning resources provided by the University through its VLE and Online Library.

"What all of our graduates shared in common was a clear sense of gratitude to friends and family who have provided support throughout the course of their studies."

All of the other eight first class graduates received support from a recognised teaching institution during the course of their studies and paid testament to the invaluable supplementary academic support provided by HKU SPACE, HK PolyU SPEED, SZABIST, ATC, BAC and Kaplan Holborn College.

Aside from support from a teaching institution, what all of our graduates shared in common was a clear sense of gratitude to friends and family who have provided support throughout the course of their studies.

Gareth Thomas said: “I’d like to thank my family for their unending support, especially my father for his unflagging tuition and encouragement, my father-in-law for his sage advice, and my lovely wife for her remarkable patience, kindness and willingness to do far more than her fair share of parenting.”

Vondez Phipps said: “Thanks to my lecturers and classmates for every hour of lecture and every workshop in preparation. Also, my close friends and family, both in the UK and in the Caribbean, have been faithful in their support and solidarity. This is very much our shared achievement and thus our shared cause for celebration!”

Whether studying independently or at an institution, we are proud of all our graduates and it is right and proper that relatives, friends and lecturers share in their success.

Our first class graduates also offered words of encouragement to fellow students. As Pua Seng Yik noted, “consistency and perseverance is the key to success. I sincerely wish that every student will excel in their studies.”

Furthermore, in the words of Daniel Chua Wei Chuen, “I wish each and every student success in all their endeavours and that this degree may be a stepping stone for each of us to achieve greater heights.”

Eeshah Khalid

Eeshah Khalid
Achieved the top first class award this year. Studied with support from SZABIST, Karachi. Read our Q&A with Eesah in London Connection.

Cheung Hoi Yin Ingrid

Cheung Hoi Yin Ingrid
Studied with support from HKU SPACE and HK Poly U SPEED, Hong Kong.

David Erdos

David Erdos
Studied independently.

Vondez-Phipps

Vondez Phipps
Studied with support from Kaplan Holborn College, London in 2012-13.

Pua Seng Yik

Pua Seng Yik 
Studied with support from Brickfields Asia College, Kuala Lumpur.

Chua Wei Chen Daniel

Chua Wei Chen Daniel
Studied with support from Advance Tertiary College, Penang.

  • Yip Wing Yan studied with support from HKU SPACE, Hong Kong.
  • Gareth Thomas studied independently.
  • Ho Wai Kwan Celia studied with support from HK Poly U SPEED, Hong Kong.
  • Chen Kam Lung Alan studied with support from HK Poly U SPEED and HKU SPACE, Hong Kong.

This article first appeared in the Undergraduate Laws Programme blog, posted by the Deputy Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme, Simon Askey.