Part-time students at The University of Nottingham’s School of Education have celebrated their success at a special awards ceremony.
Scores of students who have fitted in their university studies around work and family life gathered to receive Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees that mark the achievement of new qualifications in a range of subjects.
They were all based within the Centre for Continuing Education, a part of the School of Education that offers flexible modular courses for mature students and others who want to study part-time.
Many of this year’s group of 155 successful students have devoted between two and eight years to complete their studies, working in the evenings and at weekends on diverse courses such as archaeology, art history, fine art, counselling and combined studies.
Tutors Lindsay Cooper and Dr Sarah Speight handed out awards at the ceremony, which is held as a celebration of students’ commitment and academic achievement.
Lindsay, a tutor in counselling and teacher training, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to recognise the achievement of our students through our awards ceremony. Many of them have managed careers and demanding personal lives in tandem with their studies and it is right that we should celebrate their determination to succeed with their families and friends at a public event.”
Among the students receiving awards were three Fine Art students who participated in the successful 2008 Degree Show at Lakeside — Barbara Furley, Jacquiline Oaten and Denise Snowdon. Matthew Beresford, a student who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Combined Studies, has since had a book published.
The Centre for Continuing Education is the longest-established academic unit of its kind in the world, with a tradition of providing high quality teaching and research. It has a prominent national and international reputation and strong links within the region. It is located within the School of Education, whose postgraduate teaching has been recognised as 'Excellent' by the Quality Assurance Agency.
The Centre's part-time degree provides a flexible, modular programme of study, rewarding achievement at Certificate, Diploma and Degree level.
The programme is designed to meet the needs of busy people who wish to further their studies with the minimum of disruption to their working and family lives — whether they are juggling study alongside work, planning to return to work after raising a family, looking for a career change, or seeking personal fulfilment.
The School is now taking on enrolments for courses starting in early 2009.
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