2nd October 2018

It’s been another year of celebration for the University Centre South Devon (UCSD) graduates. On Friday 28th September, The Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay played host to over 200 successful graduates dressed in their coloured gowns, collecting their awards and throwing their hats in the air.

Drawing in crowds in excess of 1000 guests, this year’s ceremony was the largest UCSD has ever seen. The day was a fantastic celebration as proud friends and families attended to witness their loved ones pass from graduand to graduate.

The 2018 cohort included the first set of graduates from the HNC Marine Technologies, BSc Civil Engineering, and the BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society Degrees.

The higher education provision at UCSD is validated by the University of Plymouth, with the two organisations working in close partnership and enjoying a very strong relationship. Students received their degrees from Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor- Research and Enterprise at the University of Plymouth, as well as South Devon College Principal, Stephen Criddle OBE, and Chair of the Governing Body, Caroline Lee.

BA (Hons) Leadership and Management student George Raisey, from Torquay, was thrilled to receive the Academic Partnership Prize, awarded annually by the University of Plymouth to a leading UCSD student. The award recognises exceptional levels of achievement and contribution with George’s story of academic growth offering inspiration to others. From commencing his studies at South Devon College in 2011, George has progressed from level one through to the foundation degree in Business and Management, and over the past year successfully achieved the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Degree. Further testament to his consistent performances shown each week to achieve his goals.

Students Jenny Bindon and George Raisey

FdSc Yacht Operations student Dom Hall, from Newton Abbot, was presented with the UCSD Employability Prize for demonstrating outstanding commitment in the development of his employability, outside of his own course requirements. Throughout his foundation degree, Dom showed high levels of motivation, drive and passion towards forging a successfully career in the marine industry. Initially working for Henri Lloyd advising on technical sailing clothing and skippering large canoes on the River Dart, Dom has also been volunteering as Watch Leader for The Rona Sailing Project, leading groups of young and disadvantaged people on board yachts.

Head of Higher Education and Academic Registrar, Alastair Wilson said, “It was an incredible honour to welcome our students to this year’s Graduation Ceremony. Everyone at the College would like to offer their congratulations to our graduates, and we look forward to seeing what the Class of 2018 will go on to achieve and the positive impact they will have on the local community”.

Chair of Governors, Caroline Lee said, “It gives me a great sense of pride to witness the achievements of this year’s higher education students. Their development and growth is further testament to the high quality learning environment the staff at UCSD help deliver. I am personally delighted for each and every one of our graduates, and wish them the very best in their future successes”.

UCSD has been awarded the highest rating of ‘Gold’ under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a system for recognising excellent teaching and learning in higher education. The continued growth of the university-level provision is testament to UCSD’s status as a leading provider of higher education study in the South West. UCSD is continuously developing and improving new and existing courses and pathways to jobs at all levels with even more possibilities for the future as it hopes to secure foundation degree awarding powers.

To find out more about wide variety of courses the College offers from apprenticeships to full-time courses or university degrees, visit our next Open Event  on Saturday 6th October, 10am-1pm at the Vantage Point Campus, Long Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ. Alternatively, a full timetable of Open Event course talks can be found by visiting the UCSD Facebook page.

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For more information about this story please contact Guy Marsden, Marketing & Communications Officer at [email protected] or on 01803 540563.

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