10 December 2014
Masters graduates gathered in the Great Hall at Queen Mary’s People’s Palace to be awarded their degrees in Cities and Cultures, Community Organising, Environmental Science, Geography, Globalisation and Development, and London Studies – as well as a PhD graduate too.
Geography has been taught in Mile End for 110 years and the School of Geography is ranked joint first in the UK for the quality of its research. Students come to study from all over the world to work side-by-side with some of the most prominent researchers in the field.
Masters graduate Ana Ferreira studied for her MA Community Organising while working for Citizens UK – a body that brings together more than 300 member organisations that represent the diversity and interests of civil society.
“It was great for me to be able to delve into the theories and history of community organising so I can understand better how my role can really help communities,” Ana, Borough Organiser for Southwark, said. “I worked full time while studying and although it was challenging, it was so relevant to what I am doing. The experience of studying in the School of Geography and with Professor Jane Wills has been fantastic. I’ve left knowing that I can apply what I have learned in my day-to-day work and it will have a real impact on people’s lives.”
Head of School Professor Alison Blunt said she was delighted to see all the students and their families celebrating successes across the postgraduate degree programmes in the School.
“Our postgraduates study subjects from a diverse range of specialisms, from working alongside local organisations to understand how they shape and effect change for their communities to undertaking scientific environmental research that can go on to inform policy and public debate,” she said. “It was great to share the students’ success with them today and we wish them all the best for the future.”