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Higher Education: Class of 2023 Graduation


Jade Gillham


16th January 2024


The Class of 2023 at the University Centre Quayside (UCQ) celebrated their graduation on December 1, 2023, at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Watch the video capturing the essence of the graduation ceremony above.

We would like to thank our esteemed guest speakers for their valuable contributions to the event including Dr Nick Mapletoft, Principal at UCQ, and Professor Yitka Graham, Visiting Professor of Knowledge Exchange.

Michelle Elliott, Vice Principal at UCQ, said:

“It’s truly heartwarming to witness our graduates, who, over three years of navigating the challenges of studying while juggling work and family commitments, have now attained their BA (Hons) in Professional Management. Congratulations to the Class of 2023! I extend my best wishes for your future success.”

Reflecting on the BA (Hons) in Professional Management programme delivered by UCQ, Professor Mary Brennan, External Examiner at The University of Edinburgh, expressed:

“From my perspective, coming from a more traditional higher education institution, it’s the quality and quantity of reflective work, the on-the-job experience that students get, and how much they have to think about how they’re evolving, how they’re transforming, and what type of manager they’re becoming that absolutely sets it apart from other types of traditional higher education institutions and the quality of the work they produce really reflects that.”

For more details about our BA (Hons) in Professional Management, visit https://ucq.ac.uk/ba-hons-professional-management/ or reach out to admissions@ucq.ac.uk.