Graduates from Reaseheath College received degrees designed to boost their careers at a ceremony in the centre of Nantwich.
Dressed in gowns and mortar boards, almost 150 graduates spilled out of St Mary’s Church to celebrate with Britain’s best known Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, who was guest speaker.
Food graduates marked their achievements alongside other Reaseheath graduates who had completed degrees in agricultural science, equine science, engineering, garden and landscape design, countryside management, adventure sports management, and rural events management, all delivered in partnership with Harper Adams University.
One of our most successful programmes in the food department is Project Eden. This programme offers dairy technologists the chance to gain a globally recognised Foundation Degree in Dairy Technology. All 23 Eden graduates excelled this year, achieving either a distinction or merit overall.
BSc (Hons) graduates were also flying high with 30% gaining a first class honours degree, with an overall brilliant year for all our graduates in the food department.
Describing the Nantwich ceremony as one of the highlights of the academic year, Reaseheath Principal Meredydd David emphasised that the graduates would see a massive return on their financial and emotional investment. An independent analysis had shown that £40,000 spent on course fees and living expenses would secure an additional £250,000 over the span of a career. Nearly 90% of Reaseheath graduates who completed degrees last year were in related employment within six months of completing their course on an average starting salary of £21,000.
In such a competitive jobs market it remains vital that higher education (HE) programmes are delivered and validated by high quality, well respected institutions. Reaseheath’s own HE programmes had recently been inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and had received fantastic report, equivalent to an ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted.
Although academic progress was important, Meredydd pointed out that many graduates had helped to organise social events and charity fund raising, which last year contributed £12,000 to worthy charities.
Congratulating the graduates, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who studied politics and now has a seat in the House of Lords, said that education was vital and led to wider choices. Her key advice was to try something new and not be put off by failure. Although she had been dedicated to wheelchair racing from the age of 12 she did not win for four years and this had taught her how to train and be committed.
Take a look at this year’s Eden award winners here.
To find out more about our degree programmes please visit the Higher Education pages on our website.
For more photos from the day, visit the Reaseheath College Facebook page.