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22nd January 2009, 11:39am
Students graduate from University of Lincoln
Ferdinand Ejere More than 400 students stepped out of Lincoln Cathedral as graduates of the University of Lincoln this week.

Learners from a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes collected their awards at graduation ceremonies on Wednesday 21 January.

Proceedings were led by Professor David Chiddick, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln.

The University’s new chancellor, Lord Victor Adebowale, also enjoyed his first graduation ceremony in his new role.

Among the students collecting their awards was John Mills, who completed an MA in Conservation of Historic Objects.

John (55) was working for a graphic design company in Lincoln when he spotted the programme in the University’s prospectus.

He said: “I immediately knew that this was the change of career I had been looking for – a combination of academic and practical elements. I visited Chad Varah House, where the course is based, and decided to sign up.”

John is now employed as a conservator at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, based in Wakefield.

He said: “My role includes practical, remedial conservation of small and large objects – some very large – and also preventative conservation and care of collections routines.”

Brazilian student Miriam Binsztok (32) received an MA in Globalising Justice.

Miriam, who worked as a human rights lawyer in her native Rio de Janeiro, said she had loved her time in Lincoln.

“I’m very, very happy,” she said. ”The course was amazing. I looked at all the Masters courses in the UK that had a human rights element. I searched for five months. Out of all the courses I looked at, Lincoln’s was the most interesting. It was such a big step, it was very important to find the right course.”

Miriam intends to return to Brazil and work to prevent human rights abuses.

Another graduating student, Ferdinand Ejere, was delighted at receiving his MSc in Finance.

The 29-year-old came to Lincoln from Nigeria, where he worked in a bank, to further his education and improve his employment prospects.

He said: “I looked at the University’s website and was attracted to the University and the city. I loved the pace of Lincoln and meeting all the different people on my course. I will definitely be keeping in touch with them. I’m going to spend some time working in the UK before going back to Nigeria.”

The University of Lincoln also bestowed honorary awards on four notable individuals.

Roger Atkinson, former Coroner for West Lincolnshire and member of the Board of Governors at the University of Lincoln, and Dr Peter Quantick, former Head of the Research Office at the University of Lincoln, each received an Honorary Fellowship.

John Godfrey CBE, former chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Lincoln, received an Honorary Doctorate, as did David Rossington, Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Training and Enterprise Council (TEC), which played an important role in creating the University of Lincoln.

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