01 Aug 2013

The Open University's youngest graduate

Cameron Thompson, aged 16 from Wales, has become The Open University’s youngest graduated gaining a BSc Honours Degree in Maths. He began studying with the OU at the age of 11 but has faced difficulties due to suffering from Asperger’s syndrome.

Director of The Open University in Wales, Rob Humphreys, said: “Congratulations to Cameron on a remarkable achievement and on becoming the Open University’s youngest graduate. The flexible mode of study offered by the Open University means that students of all ages and circumstances can study with us to achieve their potential and we’d also like to congratulate the other OU students who will also have received their degree results from us this week.

“The vast majority of our students are adults of working age and each one of them has a story. Some will have balanced a full working life with their studies, others will have overcome personal challenges to achieve their degree. Regardless of their background and circumstances, all have demonstrated an unwavering resolve to improve their own lives, and the lives of those around them.”

Speaking about his achievement Cameron said: “I’m very happy about my degree. I’ve always enjoyed Maths.”

Cameron has previously been featured on the BBC documentary The Growing Pains Of A Teenage Genius and has been featured in a top 10 list of global modern child prodigies on the website Listverse.

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