1st November 2022
Congratulations to our recent higher education graduates who not only excelled in their degree level programmes, but also received the coveted University Centre Research Award (UCRA), which acknowledges outstanding research in a project or dissertation.
The five finalists were all commended in their class and received a UCRA certificate in recognition of their achievements, alongside two worthy recipients of first and second prize.
For her dissertation titled: ‘The impact of COVID-19 and support available throughout the pandemic for children with special educational needs and disabilities’
Vicky started at Level 3 in the College and progressed into the University Centre where she achieved a Foundation Degree followed by BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. During her time with us, Vicky has flourished into a creative and critical thinker and submitted a truly outstanding dissertation.
For his work on the ‘Events Management’ module, creating an online event in Thailand as the country went into lockdown over the Christmas 2021 period. Alan has demonstrated an outstanding attitude towards his academic studies and achieved exceptional grades. Programme Leader, Andrew Simpson, recommended Alan for the award, stating “On my feedback sheet, I had actually run out of superlatives when annotating the work! I wholeheartedly nominate Alan for what I consider to be a thoroughly worthy piece of work to receive a Research Award!”
Claire Henderson – Foundation Degree Early Years Practice: Claire completed a small-scale research project ‘The ongoing impact of the pandemic on families’ health and wellbeing’. This was a contemporary and creative topic focusing on the key aspect of health and wellbeing within early years and its relevance towards children’s holistic development.
Sam Ross – Foundation Degree Early Years Practice: Sam engaged in extensive research and reading for an assessment on the History of Childhood. She provided a comprehensive and critical view on poverty in the twenty-first century and the aftermath of Covid-19.
Claudia McNally – BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies: Claudia started at Level 3 in the College and progressed into the University Centre where she achieved a foundation degree and then BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. Claudia submitted a well-researched dissertation entitled ‘Reducing Parental Conflict in the Early Years’ which demonstrates her commitment and motivation as a researcher and Early Years practitioner.