Chancellor enjoys ceremonies with LJMU graduates

03 October 2012

LJMU Chancellor Dr Brian May came along to Wednesday afternoon's Ceremony to congratulate undergraduate students from the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure.

Image of Laura MarksLaura Marks graduates with a First in the BA (Hons) Education Studies and Special and Inclusive Needs. She also receives the Louise Meenan Prize, which is presented to students who overcome significant difficulties in order to achieve their degrees. Laura is continuing her studies with LJMU as she starts a Masters in Research in Education and Society in September 2011.
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Paul O’Halloran won the Louise Meenan Prize and graduates with a 2:1 in Education Studies and English. Paul said:

"I found my first few weeks at University difficult and I was quite homesick. But there was great support at LJMU especially from my tutors who were always on hand to help. They believed in me which is one of the reasons that I’ve completed my degree and I am graduating today. I lived in Liverpool City Centre and used the Learning Resource Centres there – I often made full use of the 24 hour opening and there were always computers available."

Image of Shaunna NolanShaunna Nolan studied the BA in Dance Studies and during her final year has been part of ‘JMUp Start’ which is a dance company run by final year students under the artistic direction of an LJMU lecturer. The group is going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they will be performing throughout the full 10 days. Shaunna says:

"It’s really exciting doing the performances but JMUp Start has also prepared me for the real world as I have also been involved in the management and delivery side of things with the support of a dance academic that is an industry professional. With the Dance course you need lots of commitment – but it has been the best (and hardest!) 3 years of my life. I have learnt so much and feel more confident about going out into the ‘big wide world."

Image of Scott EllisScott Ellis
studied in the Centre for Education and Early Childhood Studies and attained more than 90% in his final year dissertation. Scott who graduates with a First Class degree in Education Studies and English is planning to be a teacher after completing a PGCE.

"Throughout the course I had the opportunity to go on several placements in primary schools and we delivered drama workshops. We also had loads of guest speakers, from primary and secondary school teachers to community group reps and drama groups coming to do lectures. This gave us a really important insight – being given advice from professionals with experience. They advised us on proven methods to engage with children and young people."

Scott has just enrolled on the LJMU WoW scheme and is working towards his Gold. Scott believes that the skills and experience required to complete it have given him more of an edge in the job market.

Hannah Godshaw-Brown completed the WoW skills certificate, in addition to a 2:1 award in Applied Community & Social Studies.

"I decided to do the WoW skills certificate in my final year as I realised that it would be great to put on my CV and it would make me stand out from the crowd. I found the Practice interview session extremely useful as it made me think about my strengths and also to focus on the type of organisation I should consider for employment. I really enjoyed my time at LJMU – especially WoW which is something that students should take advantage of as it has really assisted me."

Image of Rob Price and Vanessa HowardCoaching Development graduate Rob Price was appointed coach of the England under-16 Handball Team in November 2010 and believes that his degree definitely helped him get the job. "The degree is brilliant and has helped me become a better coach," says Rob, who played for England’s under 21 handball team until injury made him refocus his energies on coaching.

London 2012 Olympics will see Team GB enter a handball team for the first time and thanks to his role as coach Rob has a key role to play in ensuring the Olympic legacy for his sport. "Handball is an up and coming sport and next season I hope to take on the role of Head Coach for another handball squad," he adds. Rob juggled his studies and coaching position with working full-time as a sports coach. He is full of praise for his personal tutor, Gus Ryrie, who was very supportive and helped him successfully manage his academic studies with his work and coaching obligations.

On a more personal note, Rob is engaged to another LJMU student, Vanessa Howard (pictured), who graduated at the same ceremony with a BA (Hons) in Event Management

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