Swindon College will mark one of the high points in its calendar this Friday 7 October as they hold their graduation ceremony.
Oxford Brookes University partners with Swindon College as part of its Associate College Partnership, which has been running successfully for 12 years and offers students alternative ways to gain higher education qualifications.
The College is one of the largest providers of higher education in Wiltshire with over 500 undergraduates studying for a wide variety of qualifications.
Students can study for a range of Oxford Brookes degree courses including a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design or Early Childhood studies or a foundation degree in Health and Social Care or Mechanical Engineering.
Through this partnership with the College students can study degree courses while staying close to home, and are still able to take advantage of the resources at Oxford Brookes University both online and on campus. There is greater flexibility for those who want to study alongside a career or in between family commitments.
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University Professor Alistair Fitt will be delivering the opening address. He said: “I am pleased to be part of the College’s graduation this year. After plenty of hard work, study and determination it will be a joy to watch the students celebrate what they have achieved with their families, friends and college staff.
“I am proud of our connections with colleges such as Swindon. It is very rewarding to work with institutions who are so committed to providing an excellent student experience and proactive in their efforts to expand routes into higher education, particularly for those who perhaps in different circumstances would never have thought about studying at that level.”
Excited students will gather at the Jury’s Inn in Swindon for the graduation before leading a procession to the Holy Rood Church, where they will be/were presented with their scrolls. After the Ceremony, the graduates will celebrate back at the College with an afternoon of food, drink and live music.
Emma Dickinson from North Swindon studied for an Early Years foundation degree at Swindon College followed by an Education and Lifelong Learning (BA top-up). She is now, currently studying for a PGCE at Oxford Brookes University. She said “I have always wanted to be a teacher but I thought it wasn’t possible at my age, as a wife and mum to three kids. I hadn’t realised that university-level courses were available locally.
“Swindon College was a great place to study and made me feel relaxed – I wasn’t the only mature student which made a big difference. Now I’m studying for a PGCE at Oxford Brookes and will be a teacher in nine months’ time, all being well!”
To find out more about Oxford Brookes’ partnerships colleges and courses visit www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/foundation-degrees-and-partnership-courses/