The Professional Track celebrates first three graduates

Lucy Stone writes:

Congratulations to the three students who yesterday received certificates in recognition of their outstanding achievement, having completed The Professional Track in less than a year after its official launch.

Heather Evans, Rosa Mitchell and Rebecca Plummer were presented with their awards at the Clock Tower Memorial on London Road photo

Rosa Mitchell, Rebecca Plummer and Heather Evans, pictured above with Dr Cindy Becker, holding up their Professional Track certificates.

Catching up with them after the presentation, I asked why they would recommend The Professional Track to other students.

Heather commented: “It teaches you how to be more professional… and just be a bit more than your average student.”

Rosa stated: “I think it gives everyone an opportunity to do something beyond just a degree and I think it sets you up really well for jobs in the future.”

Rebecca noted: “I think it really encourages you and pushes you to do the placements  because it can be quite difficult to fit them into your degree.”

We are absolutely delighted that these three students have progressed through the award so quickly, and that we have had the opportunity to reward their hard work at the culmination of what has been a fantastic first year for the scheme.

Dr Cindy Becker, Professional Track and Placements Coordinator, made the following comment: “Congratulations to those dynamic students who have completed! We are delighted with the success of the Professional Track in its first year. With our students completing training courses, attending masterclasses and undertaking an astonishing range of academic placements, it has certainly been a busy year.

We know from data collected on recent University Visit Days that the Professional Track will be a deciding factor for the majority of potential students in making their choice of university, so we are confident that the scheme will prove even more popular next year.”

Students in the School of Literature and Languages can now pre-register their interest for September 2016 Professional Track activities and events at:

About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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