Hundreds turn out for higher education celebration

23rd October 2015 11:46am - Return to press releases

Graduates and their families packed the Priory Church of St Mary in Bridlington to celebrate the achievements of higher education students from East Riding College.
The church was full with about 400 people attending the event, which saw students presented with scrolls by Principal Derek Branton in recognition of the successful completion of their course. 

Mr Branton said: "The ceremony was an enjoyable family occasion. We heard from many graduates about how their new qualifications had supported them to advance in their jobs or find new employment opportunities, which is exactly what these courses are designed for.
“It is so pleasing to see the sense of pride that this level of success at higher education level instils in our learners and the positive impact that is having on their lives. We are delighted to have supported them in their achievements.”

The winner of the student of the year award was Amy Slater, 22, from Nafferton, who completed the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Policy and Practice in the summer.
Amy started at the College six years ago, enrolling on a level one programme in childcare and health and social care.
Her determination to learn took her through level two (GCSE equivalent) and level three (A-level equivalent) courses and she then began working full time in a nursery.
At the same time, she began the foundation degree, studying alongside full-time work.
She has now progressed to a one year “top-up” course which will result in a full BA (Hons) degree and is an excellent example of a learner who did not do very well at school but who has progressed to a very high level at the College.

Amy said: “It feels amazing to be given the award because I worked so hard for my foundation degree. It’s nice to have my efforts recognised.
“My school grades weren’t very good so I came to College to boost my confidence and achieve, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.
“The tutors have supported me in everything I’ve done. They really helped me to succeed.”

Higher education at East Riding College is built on partnerships with the University of Hull, the University of Huddersfield and national validating bodies.
The College runs an expanding range of degrees, foundation degrees and higher national certificates and diplomas in a wide variety of subjects, as well as various teacher training courses.
There are also Access to Higher Education Diplomas which prepare people to step up to higher education level and are especially appropriate for people who have been out of education for some time.

For more information or to request a 2016 higher education course guide, call the College on 0345 120 0044 or visit


Notes to editors

Photographs of students following the ceremony are available. For more information, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 390720 or email