Celebrating our 2020 PgCert Graduates

One of the highlights of the AUA Annual Conference is the award ceremony when we congratulate and celebrate the achievement of AUA members who have successfully completed our PgCert programme. This year we were looking forward to applauding a record number of graduates as a result of the change in the programme from 24 months to 12 months, with 91 students in total eligible to graduate and 36 planning to join us on the day along with their guests. Although we are not able to celebrate with our graduates in person, we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate their hard-earned achievements.

The AUA’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership is designed specifically for professional services staff; to help individuals rise to the challenges faced in the sector and to promote excellence within higher education. The programme, which is delivered in partnership with NTU, combines academic theory with professional practice, with the aim for students to apply their learning and knowledge to their workplace.

Congratulations to you all, you will be proud of your achievement and so are we at the AUA. Your determination and achievement to be successful on the PgCert is a credit to you and I hope that completing this programme will support you in your future careers in HE.

Amanda Oliver, Chair of Board of Studies

Our students come from a variety of roles and institutions across the UK creating a diverse network to share knowledge and experience, and to learn from one another. A self-directed programme of this nature allows students to take control of their own learning, identifying their strengths and weaknesses and overcoming obstacles to ultimately achieve success.

Embarking on study can be daunting. For many it may have been years since they studied academically and for some, this postgraduate certificate may have been their first experience of academic study. We are proud that the AUA’s programme offers the opportunity for members to study at a postgraduate level irrespective of educational background and this is what makes achieving this award even more impressive.

But what all of our graduates have in common is the challenges they have faced to juggle their studies alongside their work and personal life. Fitting study around work takes good time management and self-discipline and there undoubtedly have been sacrifices along the way.

It’s a challenging but rewarding programme that shows a genuine commitment to the sector, to professional development and to personal improvement. It is through hard work and dedication that the people named below have succeeded in graduating from the programme.

Hugh Jones, AUA Programme Lead for the PgCert, has this message for all of you who have recently succeeded in completing the programme:

Congratulations to all PgCert graduates.

Completing the PgCert is a real achievement. Students show their academic ability, of course; this is also underpinned by hard work, impressive motivation, commitment and discipline; and by a genuine drive to improve their professional practice. Supporting students on study days is a highlight of my own work – the days are full of energy.  It is a pleasure to see learners completing and progressing in their careers. I’m very proud of all that they do, and glad that the AUA PgCert has been part of their journey.

Hugh Jones, Programme Lead

Congratulations to you all, we wish you all the success in whatever your future career brings next.

Jane Alexander
Brunel University London
Elizabeth Allen
University of York
Lorraine Ball
Cardiff University
Shahreen Bashir
Birmingham City University
Akua Boakye
UCL
Louisa Caine
University of Portsmouth
Craig Franklin
University of Warwick
Cassia Gallagher
Liverpool Hope University
Josh Gulrajani
Bath Spa University
Mary Ha
University of the Arts London
Heather May Hill
Cranfield University
Anna Hudson
University of Reading
Victoria Hughes
University of Sheffield
Natasha Louise Josephidou
University of London
Joanne Lancaster
Robert Gordon University
Gillian Ledgerton
Edge Hill University
Sian Lewis
Cardiff University
Lynette Lindsey-Clark
University of Surrey
Abigail Llewellyn
Cardiff University
Michelle Mallon
University of Manchester
Sian Moxom
Cranfield University
Abimbola Oginni
University of the Arts London – London College of Communication
Michelle Palmer
Newcastle University
Mary-Ellen Melissa Paul
University of the Arts London – London College of Communication
Chiara Singh
University of Bristol
Cadi Rhys Thomas
Cardiff University
Sam Waldron
Bournemouth University
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