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Bangor University’s Winter Graduation Ceremony

Over 500 degrees were awarded to Bangor University students at its winter graduation ceremonies.

Laura Thomas, 21, from Rhewl Mostyn, Flintshire graduated with a BMd Midwifery degree, and now works for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. In May this year, Laura won the the Student Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year Award which highlights excellence in all specialities of student nursing. She has also been invited to join the 2019 Awards panel.

David Beck, originally from Bolton, but now lives in Bangor, was awarded a PhD in Sociology & Social Policy. David’s research into the increasing number of food banks across Wales came as a direct result from my time volunteering at the Cathedral Food Bank in Bangor. During his studies David has given expert evidence to various parliamentary committees including the Welsh Government on tackling poverty in Wales and the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the UK. He also received the prestigious Bronze Drapers’ Medal for his outstanding work as a postgraduate student last July.

Each year the University awards Teaching Fellowships to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to teaching, and to student support. The Teaching Fellowship is awarded as part of a degree ceremony in the presence of those students that he or she has taught and helped, during their time at Bangor.

Dr Julie Davies was awarded a posthumous Teaching Fellow, which was presented to her son. Dr Davies received her PhD from Bangor 15 years ago, and had been a staff member at the School of Psychology for over a decade.

Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro-vice Chancellor and Dr Davies’ PhD supervisor, gave an emotional tribute: “I was always impressed not only with Julie’s ability to teach students, but with something of the way that she achieved that: not only with passion, but even with a sense of fun and a love of novelty.

“Julie was frequently nominated for University-wide teaching awards. Indeed, nominated within multiple categories, including Teacher of the Year. But the category that so many students commented on was pastoral support. Her kindness, her humour, her time commitment, and her compassion exemplified her work as a Personal Tutor. She was always happy to help, and she did so in exceptional ways.”

Publication date: 13 December 2018