Sun, students and success - LJMU students score top marks
18 July 2011
Here are just a few more student profiles from Thursday afternoon's graduation ceremony.
Nunzia Bertali, Italian Consul, is being awarded a PhD, the title of her research is: Liverpool, ‘The world in one city’; perception on inclusion and exclusion of women immigrants in Liverpool from 2001 to date.
"In 2004 I completed an MPhil - I researched on the perception of integration of Italian women living in the North of England. The new way of studying was shocking and interesting at the same time. The supervisor was there to support and guide me but I needed to find the literature and apply the tools available to do my own research. During this process I learnt several skills and acquired competence in my own field. It has been a very interesting part of my life, I feel I have learnt a lot and not only in the academic field. Now I feel an expert in my area and I know that I have acquired a remarkable number of new skills. I feel very proud of my achievement, obviously now, I am a Doctor! I hope to use my research to find some organisation interested in a longitudinal study on the process of integration of foreign young children in Liverpool."
Liverpool Law Society Prize
LLB graduate Sarah Healey received the Liverpool Law Society Prize for Best Overall Performance.
"I was really made up to win the prize," she says. "I've loved my time at LJMU. The lecturers have been great. The open door policy means that there is always someone to talk to about your work and how to improve."
Sarah’s mum, Sheila, is particularly proud of her daughter’s achievements – 18 years ago to the day she too graduated from LJMU with a BSc (Hons) in Social Work. “I remember putting on my gown and feeling so proud. Seeing Sarah in her gown makes me feel like I’ve come home,” says Sheila. “I now know how my mum must have been feeling when I graduated.”
Sarah, who is currently working as a legal assistant, is due to start her Legal Practice Certificate in September.
Very enterprising students
MA Social Enterprise Management graduates Jane Whalen and Rose Green both have close connections to LJMU – Jane is Chief Executive of the Liverpool Students’ Union while Rose works as an Analyst in the Planning and Information directorate.
Both Jane and Rose admit that juggling studying with working full-time was challenging but agree the sacrifices were well worth it.
“It’s really added value to what I do,” says Jane. “It was a fabulous opportunity to carry out research which I’ve applied to the LSU.”
Rose’s research for her dissertation saw her apply marketing and business principles to a not-for-profit organisation close to her heart, her church. "This wasn't just research project," she explains. "By adopting 'service-scape' principles we have changed how we delivered our Sunday services."
President of the LSU Law Society
Lisa West President of the LSU Law Society 2010/11, will be working for Fujitsu Services UK in Stevenage, on their Commercial Graduate Scheme for two years. During her time at LJMU, Lisa was chosen by the UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE) as the winner of their essay competition. UKCLE’s student essay competitions (part of the Higher Education Academy’s Student Awards) are open to all law students at British universities' law schools.
"I have been very lucky in my time at LJMU, as I have been successful in being able to take advantage of numerous opportunities, and still have time to build my legal contacts and explore all of my course material. I have been a committee member of the Law Society throughout my time, holding the roles of Marketing, Treasurer and President."I have also had the delight of being able to take part in the WoW summer internships, where I spent a month in the Mace & Jones marketing department honing my understanding of law firms and tenders. This insight was pivotal in my understanding of business, work ethic and I had great fun and met some brilliant people in the process."
Lord Denning Scholarship
Helen Richardson who graduates with Distinction from the Graduate Diploma in Law has been awarded a prestigious Lord Denning Scholarship by Lincoln's Inn which will cover the fees for her Bar Professional Training Course. Helen has greatly enjoyed her time at LJMU and is now looking forward to taking the next significant step towards her career as a barrister. Helen commented before her Graduation Ceremony:"The lecturers were so supportive that I cannot thank them enough. So many elements of my course really prepared me for my next career steps including the involvement with national mediation and mooting competitions."