Postgraduates from the School of Geography have been celebrating their graduation this week.
Graduates gathered in the Great Hall at Queen Mary’s People’s Palace to collect their degrees in Cities and Cultures, Community Organising, Environmental Science, Geography, Globalisation and Development, and London Studies – as well as two graduates who were awarded their PhDs.
Community Organising MA graduate Lowri Richards (pictured right) from Kent was there with her family. Since completing her studies earlier in 2013, she has joined Sanctuary Group – a UK-wide housing and care provider – on its graduate scheme. “Since my undergraduate studies in geography, I’ve always known that my career should be in an area that works with people for their empowerment,” she said. “The postgraduate degree I studied at Queen Mary in Community Organising took my interest to the next level and prepared me incredibly well for working in this sector – it’s just been so relevant. I am now using my skills to make a real difference in people’s lives and this is more important to me than anything else.”
Head of School Professor Miles Ogborn said he was delighted to see all the students and their families celebrating successes across the postgraduate degree programmes in the School. “Whether working with local communities, studying environment science or the cultural history of the capital, our graduates’ studies touch upon a diverse range of intellectual, social and scientific areas of work,” he said. “We welcome students from many walks of life, get to know them, teach them and learn from them too. It’s incredibly rewarding to send them back out into the world to make a difference.”