02 August 2005

Hats off to graduates!

Picture of graduates throwing hats in the air

Three years of hard work culminated in a celebration as 60 students of
Sheffield's Department of Journalism Studies received their Bachelor of Arts
Degrees on July 19.

Students, accompanied by family and friends, and members of staff attended a celebratory lunch in a marquee pitched in the Quadrangle of Firth Court. The head of the department, Professor Peter Cole, welcomed the guests and congratulated the graduands, pointing out they were the "SATS generation" - the first cohort who took the Standard Assessment Tests while at school to progress to graduation.

Leading industry figures and good friends of the department were present including Tony Watson, Editorial Director of the Press Association, Will Venters, Head of News at ITV Yorkshire and Alan Powell, Editor of the Sheffield Star. In hazy sunshine the students gathered in the courtyard for the traditional "hats in the air" photograph.

A number of special prizes were presented to students of exceptional performances in their degree work. The PA Prize for the Highest Performance in the BA degree was presented by Mr Watson to Gareth Moorhouse, who recently returned from a tour of the Caribbean with the Sheffield University cricket team and who will be shortly joining the Wiltshire Times as a trainee reporter. The Sheffield Star Prize for the Best Print Portfolio was presented by Mr Powell to Ryan Davies, who recently started work as a production trainee with the Press Association. The ITV News Prize for Best Broadcast Portfolio was presented by Mr Venters to Francesca Bonora, who has been recruited by Sky News.