Glasgow Design Student Graduates With Honours Despite Fire Ordeal

A design student from Glasgow has graduated with an Honours degree despite a fire breaking out where she studied from home.

Online PR News – 16-December-2011 – – Glaswegian student Tarneem Mousawi was making steady progress on her online graphic design degree course when disaster struck in the form of a fire in her tenement in Cathcart Road, on Glasgow’s Southside.

Tarneem is a student with the Interactive Design Institute (IDI), a Scottish company who specialise in providing degree level qualifications in design, delivered online. She is one of their first graduates.

“Studying with IDI was a challenge as with any distance learning course, you need a great deal of self-discipline but I love being able to work in my own time, at any time of day and in the comfort of my home”. says Tarneem.

“In my second year I took on a marketing module - having no previous experience in the subject - however, as it was a subject I was passionate about. I threw myself into it and was nearly finished when a few days before the deadline there was a fire in my building. Being on the top floor, I was the only person unable to get out before thick smoke engulfed the close. After the fire brigade extinguished the fire I was taken to hospital. I was released by midnight, but the building was not safe to enter until the next morning.

I was allowed to collect a few possessions, and move into a hotel where I lived for four months. During this crisis IDI (tutors and staff) were extremely sympathetic, applying to the exam board for an extension based on my circumstances. I was given a little more time to submit my final project. As I hadn’t managed to save any of my materials from the fire, I had to work on my laptop using the images of my design work that I had saved previously. I knew that as long as I could get an internet connection I’d be able to login to my online studio and access my study materials and communicate with my tutors and fellow students, so I used the Mitchell Library and internet cafes. Finally I was able to submit my course work. I was delighted to be awarded a BA (Hons) 2:1 and so happy that I’d managed to achieve a degree despite everything that had happened”. explained Tarneem.

Director of Student Admissions, Fiona Crosbie agrees; “Tarneem is a talented, hardworking student. When we heard about the fire, and when we saw photographs of the damage, we were just relieved that Tarneem was safe. Everyone at the Interactive Design Institute was were well aware of her position and took steps to support her. However, she rose to the challenge and achieved an excellent degree against all odds”.

About the Interactive Design Institute

The Interactive Design Institute (IDI) is the UK’s leading provider of accredited, online qualifications in design:

Based in Scotland the company was founded in 2004 and became a collaborative partner of the University of Hertfordshire in 2008. They now offer a range of degree level qualifications in design delivered entirely online and have students in over 47 countries worldwide.

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