Dr O'Neil Delpratt

BSc in Computer Science, 2003

PhD in Computer Science, 2008 (graduated in 2009)

Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. [Jeremiah 17:7]

It was a early summer morning in 1998 that I read this scripture before I was to write one of my GCSE exams. Truly the Lord Jesus encouraged me that morning and I knew he was with me. I had prayed for clarity of thought, that I may just relate back upon and apply what I had revised. Believe me, right through the process of revision it was God that guided me on what topics to revise; it was amazing to see the same topics come up in the exams. That same summer of 1998 I gained 8 GCSE A-C grades. I furthered my education in studying for my A-Levels at the Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College, where I gained the grades B, B, D in Computing, P.E and Mathematics, respectively. The results were not exceptional through no fault but of my own. Nevertheless, I progressed to University with high hopes and excitement of what beholds in the future. I enrolled to the University of Leicester to undergo a BSc Computer Science degree programme, where I graduated in 2003, with an outstanding 1st class honours. After my first degree I was greatly motivated to further my studies to do a PhD in the research of Algorithms & XML technlogies in the Computer Science Department of the University of Leicester, where I graduated in 2009.

I am currently working as a Software Developer at Saxonica in Reading, UK since 2010. I am also an invited expert on the W3C specification of the XQuery language, since 2012. I was given this incredible opportunity by Dr Michael Kay to work with him on many exciting and innovative projects.

In all, I must give glory to Jesus Christ for his love in giving me and my mother the opportunity to leave Jamaica way back in 1987. I am proud of where I have come from. My early childhood was spent in Bangor Ridge, a district in Portland, Jamaica. Truly God has guided me through to this day. The scripture Jeremiah 17:7 has always stuck a chord in me; it never left me throughout my academic life. I realized a simple pattern, your walk with God often (for me I say this) reflects itself in your progress in your studies. In your studies you can learn the principles of hard work, dedication and commitment, even when faced with adversities. You can never go wrong serving God! I also found out never to depend upon your qualifications to get you through in life, depend only on Jesus Christ. I was often encouraged and warned of people who go to university and forget that they are a Christian. Many have backslidden, thinking that you need less time in church, prayer meetings and bible studies and more time at school to be successful. Having great achievements academically is not enough if you end up being a broken cistern spiritually. In fact the more time you give to church, prayer and bible studies equals not only success in school but in the quality of your life. You can end up with The simple fact is I did not compromise my time required in church for university assignments or exam revision and I still gained First class honours and a PhD!

In all, I owe so much to the the special people that God has put in my life; my father: Bishop Mark Anderson, my mother: Sharon Anderson, and my brother: Jordan, my gratitude cannot be put into words. They have been a great support in my development; without them, studying at a university would have been a mere thought. Dad has given me that drive to push beyond what men may think of my limitations and to achieve my greatest potential in God. I thank my dearest brethren at the Emmanu'-EL Apostolic Church and the EAGA choir who have been very supportive especially Sister Ellah Kandi and Pastor Samuel Gapara.

Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. [Jeremiah 17:7]

You cannot live on your past achievements, or be successful being only a theoretical scholar but apply what you have learnt in and to the benefit of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.