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Student of the Year finalist Peter Weller.

Student of the Year finalist Peter Weller.

20 June 2012

Aberystwyth University’s Computer Science student, Peter Faraday Weller, who is a distant relative of the famous British chemist and physicist Michael Faraday, is among the five finalists to have made this year’s Graduate of the Year competition shortlist.

Although profoundly deaf, the 22 year old third-year student is a very talented software developer who won the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities and also secured a summer placement at IBM in 2011.

Graduate of the Year 2012 is sponsored by jobs search engine Adzuna. It takes the form of a public vote and is open to graduates across the whole of the UK in all disciplines. The deadline for votes is Saturday 30 June.

Carolyn Parry, Acting Deputy Director of the University’s Careers Service, explains, “We would like to congratulate Peter on his achievement to date and we also wish him well for the future.

“It was important for us to promote this competition within the University because there is a wealth of talent here. Peter is one of those students who has taken full advantage of the careers and employability development opportunities on offer and his commitment and attitude shows in his success."

The winner will receive £1,000, offered a paid internship with a London based company and a CV session with top entrepreneurs. To vote for Peter, go to

Peter said, “I’d like to thank all those people who have voted for me to date and who have been very supportive of my work and career. I've been lucky to have so many sources of inspiration among my friends and family, including my distant uncle, Michael Faraday."

“I have also been very fortunate in that I’ve already been offered a job with IBM in San Jose in California. The new post starts in August where I will be a Software Engineer and I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenge.”