November 2012 Graduates

Posted on 6th November 2012

It has been another successful year for the Work Based Integrated Studies (WBIS) programme offered by the Centre for Work Related Studies at the University of Chester. A new cohort of students will be graduating this week having gained Honours degrees without having to leave their day jobs.

The University’s WBIS programme allows professionals who already work in industries to gain academic recognition of learning undertaken primarily in their workplace, in order to obtain a higher education qualification. The programme offers learners the opportunity to be taught elements of the course at workshops or online and through distance learning, incorporating work-based projects, if desired.

Among the WBIS graduates are:

Ann Pugh, from Wrexham who will be graduating with a BA (Hons) in Business Management.

Ann who works as a Manager for Student Finance Wales, had no previous formal University qualifications, however through the WBIS course she was able to gain academic recognition and develop both personally and professionally. She was able to gain significant credit for her prior ‘on-the-job’ experiential learning and took a variety of relevant taught modules to help her in her current role.

Mark Houston, from Upton in Chester will be graduating with a BA (Hons) in Business Management.

Mark is Company Manager at Ichron Ltd. Despite working in a senior position, and dealing with the demands of a young family, Mark worked hard to achieve his degree in a little over two years as a part-time student. He hopes to continue his studies by completing a Master’s degree at the University.

Justine Brislen, from Wallasey, Merseyside, will graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies.

Justine works for Wirral University Teaching Hospital as a Clinical Skills Facilitator and was just five credits short of a qualification equivalent to a Diploma of Higher Education, when she joined the WBIS course. Despite the heavy demands of a highly responsible role at work, Justine managed to complete her assignments with a marked improvement at every stage and complete a full degree. A self-confessed ‘converted academic and life-long learner’, Justine is now planning to complete a Master’s degree as well as carry out her current role with much enhanced personal and professional confidence.

Angie Garrod, from Halewood in Liverpool, will be graduating with a BA (Hons) in Training and Practice in the Theatre Industry.

Angie is a programme leader for Theatre Studies in Further Education (FE), responsible for cutting-edge curriculum development. She combines this with running a business concerned with stage-management and lighting for theatres, and was able to combine the two career paths in a negotiated degree on the WBIS programme. She was able to gain academic reward for her prior experiential learning including learning through work in both the theatre and FE.