Cloone native, Dermot McCrann has been honoured with this year’s Sir John Dasiel prize at The Open University in Ireland’s graduation ceremony in the iconic surroundings of Croke Park.
BA graduate, Dermot (30) was awarded the prize by the Chancellor, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate.
Dermot was the highest achieving student in this year’s cohort of Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies with Economics with an average rank score of 78.5% in your level 2 and level 3 modules.
Awarded each year to a top-achieving student who entered Open University study with the equivalent of GCSE level standard, the prize is given in the name of a previous Vice-Chancellor of the OU, Sir John Daniel, and is generously sponsored by Ede & Ravenscroft Photography Ltd.
Dermot decided to go travelling when he left school, and upon a period of time working in the building and construction trade, he decided to return to study with The Open University. He chose the OU to combine work and study, completing his part-time degree in only three years.
“The Open University provided lots of study support, especially in using technology, and through practice I quickly picked up the ways of online learning. I would do whatever it took to achieve the qualification, and if you put your mind to it, it’s easy,” said Dermot.
Being presented with the award is a ‘big deal’ for Dermot. He says: “The feel good factor is great. The recognition for my study is lovely, and wasn’t something I expected to receive in this way.”
John D’Arcy, Director of The Open University in Ireland said: “We were very proud to celebrate Dermot’s outstanding success in his studies at this year’s ceremony in Croke Park. Graduation is a very special occasion where students are formally recognised for their achievements in front of family and friends. Studying with the OU requires determination and self-discipline, as students manage their own schedules, often juggling academic work with a regular job and family commitments.
“We are delighted to hear that Dermot has now started a Masters in Finance and hopes to become an economist when he has completed his postgraduate studies. With the determination and focus he has shown so far, it is likely that this will be an easy feat for him.”