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City College Norwich celebrates the achievements of our Higher Education students

19th October 2019 – Tags: Degrees and Higher Education

The achievements of nearly 400 students who have achieved degrees and other Higher Education qualifications with City College Norwich were celebrated at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 19th October.

Those graduating include civil and mechanical engineers, early years practitioners and play workers, healthcare assistants, social care staff, trainee social workers, accountants, managers in hospitality, tourism and events, those working in the sports and leisure industry, public services, and education.

This spread reflects the college’s distinctive HE offer, which is substantially focused on work-related qualifications that have been developed in conjunction with employers. 

Most of the graduates received degrees, diplomas and certificates that are awarded by the College’s Higher Education partner, UEA.  Others were presented with Higher Apprenticeships, Higher National Certificates (HNCs) or Diplomas (HNDs), teacher training qualifications, or qualifications from other awarding organisations.

The college’s graduation is a celebration of the hard work, commitment and achievements of predominantly local people, as around 98% of the college’s Higher Education students come from either Norfolk or Suffolk.

Twelve students from the BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice degree became the first ever group to graduate from the pioneering course that was introduced at City College Norwich in 2016.

The students’ hard work has paid off, with all set to graduate with either a First or 2:1. Crucially, all have either gained employment in the aviation industry, or have decided to continue with further aviation-based training courses.

Honorary Degrees were awarded to two individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to improving the education, training and employment opportunities available in the region.

These were presented to Julia Watling, Workforce Development Programme Manager, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Julia Nix, District Manager for East Anglia Jobcentre Plus.

Business Management graduate Katarzyna Mydlik was named as the college's Higher Education Student of the Year.

Corrienne Peasgood, Principal, City College Norwich, commented:

“With so many of our students living and working in Norfolk and Suffolk, our graduation ceremonies are a real celebration of local success. Our graduates’ achievements have been supported every step of the way by employers who recognise the importance of higher levels skills, by family members, and of course by their college lecturers.

“Our graduates have shown incredible commitment throughout their studies, with many balancing work, study and family commitments. Graduation is an opportunity to recognise those achievements and to look forward to the exciting career development and further study opportunities that they have opened up.”