We managed to dodge the showers in between our three graduation ceremonies today.
Students from the Schools of Sports Studies, Leisure and Nutrition, Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Public Health Institute and Nursing and Allied Health received their awards.
We were delighted to present an Honorary Fellowship to Director of Mersey Forest Paul Nolan, in recognition of outstanding personal commitment to outdoor learning and the promotion of sustainable green spaces.
"When I came to LJMU, in a role within the School of the Built Environment, I felt that updating myself with current practice of teaching would benefit me, particularly when I have to teach HNC/D level, which I had never taught before.
"Moreover, the majority of my past experience was in a more research focused university whereas LJMU puts the students at the heart of its practice. Therefore, it was important for me to see the perspective and practice of focusing on students along with my research. Dr Dianne Marsh, Dr Damian Fearon, Professor Mike Riley and Professor Alison Cotgrave were very kind in directing me to the course and I was given time out of my role each week to complete the course.
"I was able to get insight from various colleagues within other disciplines in relation to teaching and was able to learn a lot from their experience. Professor Clare Milsom, Dr Phil Carey and Dr Jim Turner helped me in enhancing my understanding of teaching and learning in a digital environment. This was particularly important because the digital development was not something we could even imagine when I was a student.
"This course has enabled me to be innovative and also to use my imagination while teaching my class. As a result of this course, I am reflecting more in my teaching practices, which I'm hoping makes me a better teacher than I have been."