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Last graduation for Chancellor Gabby Logan

Posted on 06 December 2017

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​Gabby Logan will celebrate her last graduation today as Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.

She will confer degrees for 150 undergraduate and postgraduate students as they graduate from Primary and Secondary Education, Creative Writing, Journalism, Film and Television, History, Business, Psychology and more.

Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:

"Graduation is about celebrating the personal achievements of every single one of our students, thanking the people who have supported them throughout their journey, and looking forward to the future and the opportunities available to our students.

"It is a day of celebration and joy, and one that everyone at Leeds Trinity looks forward to with enormous pride and satisfaction."

Gabby Logan added: "I'm a firm believer in the importance of higher education and have been thoroughly inspired seeing the benefits an education at Leeds Trinity University can offer. I am very proud to be part of the community at Leeds Trinity and to hold the post as their very first Chancellor."

Dressed in the University's colours, and in the presence of proud family, friends and University staff, students will graduate on campus in the Chapel.

48-year old Mary Mathe, who worked as a Primary School teacher for 10 years in Zimbabwe before moving to the UK in 2002, graduates today from the UK's only Master of Arts in Family Support. She said:

"Growing up, I had a dream to become a teacher and to go to University. I eventually became a teacher aged 24 in Zimbabwe, but going to University was out of reach for me. In Zimbabwe, the only university in the country was for the elite, and I made peace with myself that I would never wear the academic attire.

"Then, after moving to the UK and seeing an advert for foundation-level degrees at Leeds Trinity University in 2011, I turned my fantasy into an achievable dream. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in 2015 and began my Masters a year later. I chose to study at Leeds Trinity because of the experience you get through the professional placements, and now that I've graduated, there are so many opportunities available to me. I might even consider studying for a PhD!"

Mary is one of 12 students graduating from the Masters in Family Support, which is the only course of its type across the country.

The only male graduate on the programme Joshua Roberts said: "Being the first male MA Family Support graduate is an achievement I am extremely proud of. The course has been very beneficial in improving not only my academic abilities, but also my personal and professional development.

"Family support is an area which is extremely valuable to society, and the need for more male practitioners is evident. Practitioners provide excellent services to improve the lives of children, young people and families, and I hope to see more practitioners and more men graduating on this course."

Alongside Mary and Josh, a number of graduates will also be awarded prizes for the highest academic achievement in their subject area. These include: Natalia Kennedy (Business Administration); Suzanne Owen (Creative Writing); Rachel Rudman (Education); Laura Harvey (Family Support); Nicholas Hayward (International Business); Anna Riley (Journalism); Rebecca Clarke (Psychology); George Fawcett (Secondary Education, PE and Sport); Samantha Thackray (Sport Management); Jason Askham (Supporting Children and Families in Social Contexts); Maureen Kildin (Supporting Early Years); Victoria Maitland (Supporting Learning and Additional Needs); and Beverley Davidson (Victorian Studies).

Suzanne Owen and Rachel Rudman also join Emily Bowe as three University staff members graduating today, all of whom have studied for their degree alongside their jobs.

As well as Chancellor Gabby Logan, Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret House and Pro-Chancellors John Battle and Ed Anderson will also be in attendance at the ceremony.