Winter Graduation:
11th January 2017

It was great to see so many of our graduands at our Graduation Ceremony and Reception on the 11th January.

Many of our Postgraduate students celebrated with us in a whirlwind of photographs, certificates and mortarboards. Thank you to everyone who came. Here are some photographs of the event.

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Postgraduate Prize Winners 2017

It was also special to celebrate with our two prize winners for 2017. The Rutland Prize for Early Childhood Education this year was awarded to Lucy Rodriguez Leon: a decision supported unanimously by all of her tutors, Lucy received the prize for her achievement throughout the 2 years of her degree. She has made positive contributions to study weekends, and her dissertation demonstrated that she can write academically to a very high standard. The approach of her research demonstrated a thoroughness of planning and implementation.

On receiving the award, Lucy told us, “I was thrilled and surprised to learn that I had won the Rutland Prize for Early Childhood Education.

“My journey through this distance learning course has been life-changing, owing to the guidance and support of the course team and the friendship and camaraderie of fellow students. This experience has been so much more than a means to a Master’s level qualification: it has been a journey of personal development and self-discovery, which has caused the dismantling of my own perceived limitations. Eager to continue, I was successful in applying for a full PhD studentship with the Open University and am currently continuing to research early childhood literacy on a full-time basis.

“I would like to send my sincere thanks to Dr Jools Page, and to all those who contribute to the success of this course, and especially to Dr Ann Clare, who guided me through the dissertation.”

Sr PaulaThe St Catherine’s High School Postgraduate Student Prize in Malta was awarded to MA in Early Childhood Education student Sr Paula Schembri. Sr Paula’s tutor Ann Clare has provided the following statement of support: "Sr Paula has been a dedicated and passionate student. She was always thorough and showed sensitivity. Her attention to detail is to be commended: a fabulous student to work with. I hope she goes further with her studies." Professor Cathy Nutbrown also commented that, "she would be a worthy winner. She made strong contribution to the learning community".

Sr Paula sees graduating with a Masters as a dream come true: “Winning this award made me extremely proud and I am pleased that my hard work and diligence were acknowledged by Sheffield University and the School of Education, to whom I owe my deepest gratitude for the wonderful work they do with distance learning students. All along I felt that I was at Sheffield, even though I always studied from Malta. Their kindness and support always encouraged me whenever I felt disheartened … Dr Ann Clare’s support and constant guidance throughout the course and her supervision on my dissertation were invaluable.

“I sought to put all my efforts together to come out with a research that is interesting and relevant for the mission of the Ursuline Sisters Congregation with whom I am affiliated while serving to raise awareness on a national basis about this contemporary issue. If the opportunity arises for me to further my studies in order to continue to help my congregation in any other possible way, I will surely choose Sheffield University because of its high standards and the exceptional student experience.“

Congratulations to Lucy, to Sr Paula, and every one of our students who graduated this week- whether you are staying in Sheffield, living abroad, continuing with your education, or moving into the world of work, please keep in touch and carry your achievements with you.