November graduation celebrations
Six graduation ceremonies took place in Carlisle Cathedral
Students’ Union receives an award at the House of Commons
More than 750 successful students celebrated with their family and friends at six graduation ceremonies that took place at Carlisle Cathedral on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 November 2010.
They graduated with degrees, foundation degrees and postgraduate awards in a wide range of subjects, including business, the arts, sport, education, health, nursing and community work. A number of students also received special awards for exceptional academic excellence.
Prior to each ceremony, there was a formal procession into the cathedral with staff and students in academic robes. On both days there were three ceremonies, starting at 10.00am, 12.00noon and 3.00pm.
Vice Chancellor Graham Upton said: “It’s not only the students who look forward to graduation ceremonies, they are the highlight of the university year—an occasion to celebrate the success of our students and send them forward to the next stage of their life. From the Chancellor and deans to the tutors; from their family to fellow students and friends - we all congratulate them and wish them well.”
The university awarded an honorary fellowship at the 10am ceremony on Tuesday 23 November to Reverend Professor Stephen Wright, who had been chosen for the honour in recognition of his contributions to developments in nursing practice.
Stephen has played a leading role in the enhancement of his profession, contributing to and chairing much significant policy and practice development work. He has been active in the areas of spiritual care, healing approaches, conflict resolution and staff support. In 2003 he became an ordained interfaith minister and, as a spiritual counsellor, brings a rich experience of practice and many faiths to his work.
UCSU representatives travelled to London to receive a prestigious bronze accreditation by the Students Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI). They join a select group of just 24 other Students’ Unions to have gained accreditation by the national scheme, which recognises excellence in the management of Students’ Unions.
And to top it off, UCSU’s Representation and Connections Manager, Danny Prescott also received an award for his contribution as project manager.
UCSU Representation Sabbatical, Martin Dodd said: “The Union has worked solidly for two years to reinvent itself to be a legitimate and accountable charitable organisation; one that is truly effective for its members’ academic needs. We now have the governance, democratic and staff structures to be an excellent Students’ Union. We are very proud of our achievements as recognised by this award which will provide further impetus for our onward journey of growth and development.”
Working in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS) and supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government, SUEI has been developed to make a positive difference to the lives of students at university, by improving the outcomes from their Students’ Unions. It is a unique quality assessment model that assists in improving the services and activities delivered to members of Students’ Unions by indicating areas for continuous improvement.
To achieve a bronze level accreditation, the UCSU needed to evidence continuous improvement, sound governance including policies, infrastructure and financial management, quality leadership and management and generally meet a satisfactory standard in every aspect of the SUEI assessment.
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