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Satish’s scholarship success to be the first of many

The very first recipient of an inspirational scholarship at Teesside University has spoken of his pride at graduating in front of the Professor who supported and motivated him during his studies.

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Professor James Caldwell and Satish Shewhorak

Professor James Caldwell and Satish Shewhorak


Satish Shewhorak was awarded a PhD from Teesside University after being sponsored through the James Caldwell Scholarship, named in honour of Professor James Caldwell, a former Teesside University Professor who generously gives £2,000 a year to fund a PhD student in the School of Computing, Media & the Arts.

Satish is the first person to graduate through the James Caldwell Scholarship and he was delighted that his mentor was in the audience to see him receive his award.

He said: 'It was a very proud day for myself and my family and it was fantastic to be able to pick up the award in front of Professor Caldwell, whose support has meant so much.

'It is not only this sponsorship that has helped me through the PhD, but also the motivation and encouragement he has given me throughout, which has helped me so much.'

Satish now works as a Senior Lecturer in Games and Animation at Teesside University. His PhD examined the use of computer generated imagery (CGI) to simulate how people of different weights move in order to improve the believability and realism of animated crowd scenes.

Professor James Caldwell taught at Teesside University many years ago and has made a commitment to reinvest to support the University and its community.

He said: 'Satish is the first person to graduate through my scholarship and it was extremely rewarding to see him cross the stage and collect his award.

'He has been fantastic throughout his studies and I am sure the PhD will help him to go even further in his career.

'This will hopefully be the first of many and I will continue to come back to Teesside University to see my PhD students graduate.'

Teesside University offers a range of scholarships and awards to help support students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

24 July 2018