Success for Creative Media Student at East Durham College

A talented student from East Durham College is celebrating an offer to study Media at Sunderland University after a difficult few years.

William Graydon had previously been in care before coming to East Durham College. He had a troubled upbringing and felt like he wasn’t receiving the support he needed previously, a thing he felt changed when he started his course at the college.

William said: “At one point it felt like everyone had just given up on me. I felt like there were certain stigmas attached to me because of my history – but I never felt like that at EDC.

It was the best decision I ever made to study at East Durham College. They have given me lots of support during my time here and really given me a chance to express my creativity.”

William has found a great passion for media production during his time at the college. Working closely with East Durham College’s Head of Media, Suzanne Martin. William has completed many different tasks at the college ranging from Radio, TV, Print and Animation.

He said: “Suzanne really got to know me from the very beginning. She helped guide me to find what I’m best at – it really felt like she was giving me a chance where others hadn’t in the past.

If it wasn’t for the support I received from Suzanne and EDC I really don’t know where I’d be at now. College really helped me to focus my mind and has made me a better person. I can’t wait to go university.”

William is hoping in the future to work closely with others in care. He wants to tell them his story and inspire them through media, as he feels it has changed his life for the better.

Suzanne Martin, Head of Media at East Durham College said: "I am really happy for Will and his achievement at getting a place to study a BA honours in Media. It is a wonderful result that reflects the level of effort that Will has applied since starting at the college on a level 2 media course three years ago. In that time Will has taken part in numerous work experience opportunities provided by the course and has worked for a diverse range of organisations including Beamish, The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool and Spark FM. These experiences have helped Will gain an understanding of real working life in the media industry and has built his resilience which will serve him well in his future career."