Paul Slater, aged 40, had a challenging childhood which meant he left school without the qualifications he wanted. After a number of setbacks in his life, including problems with addiction, Paul decided to seek help and attended an addiction treatment programme. Paul came through the programme positively and he was determined to throw himself back into education to help get his life back on track.
Paul always had a passion, and a talent, for art and design. He decided to start with a portfolio building class at Newcastle College to help him develop his skills and then progressed onto a Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design where he was able to specialise in his chosen area of graphic design. College tutors recognised Pauls desire to succeed and his interest in progressing further and recommended he consider the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design at the college.