Hundreds of York Minster Askham Bryan College graduates


HUNDREDS of students converge on York Minster for two graduation nights this week.

Askham Bryan University Center, the higher education arm of the college, held its graduation ceremonies in the cathedral last night (September 22) and will host a ceremony tonight.

In total, 280 graduates receive their undergraduate or postgraduate degree for successful completion of their studies.

Among those in attendance were the very first MSc cohorts – MSc Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare and MSc Zoo Management and Conservation – which started in 2019 and last year’s students who were unable to have their ceremony. graduation due to pandemic restrictions.

Dr Tim Whitaker, Managing Director and Director, said: “It is wonderful to return to York Minster this year to celebrate the achievements of our promotions of 2021 and 2020.

“We are very grateful to the clergy and cathedral staff for making this event possible and welcoming us again.

“It has been an exceptional 18 months for everyone involved and we are delighted to be able to bring everyone together again.

“We are especially excited to celebrate our first cohorts of master’s graduates who have started their studies with us during some of the most difficult times. We wish all of our new graduates the best of luck for a successful and fulfilling future. ”

Graduation speakers included underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead, who coordinates the wider Durham River Wear Assemblage research, and Casey Woodward, founder of AgriSound, a company using sensor technology to help solve the problem. decline in the number of bees. Casey also acts as a specialist consultant and adviser to several start-ups, multinationals and governments on the agri-food innovation strategy.


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