Students from the University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products celebrated their graduation last week.
A group of professionals working for companies including Hanson, Aggregate Industries and Tarmac graduated with University qualifications in a range of subjects, from mineral extractives to concrete, asphalt and road surface technology.
Certificates were presented to those who successfullycompleted their studies whilst in full-time employment, at a ceremony on Friday, April 8 at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre.
The students were joined at the ceremony by their families, employers and wider industry representatives. The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Margaret Bruce presented the students with their awards and Mr Terry Last, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors, delivered an address to the graduating students on behalf of the industry.
The ceremony was significant as for the first time it saw students graduating from the BSc Honours degree in Minerals Management and the Mineral Products Higher Apprenticeship programme, alongside students graduating from the Diploma programmes.
Julian Veal, Quarry Manager at Breedon Aggregates graduated with a Diploma in Quarry Technology and gave the Student Vote of Thanks at the ceremony.
Julian said: “The University staff are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about what they do, and the course content has been very useful. I found the tutorials a great way of meeting colleagues and people I’m now proud to call my friends”
Thomas Emerson who works at Hanson was one of the first to graduate from the Higher Apprentice programme and is currently studying towards the Honours degree. Thomas said: “The Higher Apprentice course was a lot more worthwhile than the other options available to me after finishing school. There is a real variety within the industry and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to gain an education and vocational experience at the same time.”
Ian Strachan, who completed the BSc Honours in Mineral Management, commented: “It was really challenging to complete the course alongside working full-time and it is an achievement to have completed this. I would like to return to the University when an MBA programme is available!”
Mark Osbaldeston, Head of the Centre for Mineral Products at the University of Derby, added: “We are very proud to have this opportunity to celebrate with our students alongside their family and employers. We hope students are able to recognise what they have achieved with the University, and we wish them every success in their future careers.”
For further information on the professional courses available that can be studied for whilst remaining in work, visit derby.ac.uk/minerals.