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University of Ulster graduations: July 6

End of a long road for one bachelor of science

By Kathryn Torney

Published 06/07/2009

02.07.09. Picture by David Fitzgerald. University of Ulster graduations in the Waterfront Hall Belfast. Seona Boyle and Stephanie McLernon who achieved a BSC Honours in Occupational Therapy
02.07.09. Picture by David Fitzgerald. University of Ulster graduations in the Waterfront Hall Belfast. Seona Boyle and Stephanie McLernon who achieved a BSC Honours in Occupational Therapy
Mark Hughes and Olivia Cousins who both achieved a BA Honours degree in Humanities
Helen Paisley and Becky Coffey who both achieved BA Honours in Fine and Applied Art
Sinead Blair from Newry who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in International Travel and Tourisim Management
Students from the Univesity of Ulster celebrate after receiving their degrees.
Leona Christie from Ballymena and Garath Doyle from Limavady who graduated with BSc (Hons) International Travel.
Rob Anderson, Yvonne Kennen and Emma Kelly who all achieved a Masters in Fine Art
Helen Thomas and Pauline Woods who achieved an Advanced Certificate in Credit Union Studies
Gavin Sloan who graduated in Architecture with Elaine McLarnon
Khadijatou Bah, Muhammed Jagana and Isatou Mboob who all achieved a Certificate in Management Practice
Sainabou Jallow who achieved a Certificate in Management Practice with Omar Bah
Karrie Campbell and Katrina Smyth who graduated in Fine Art Sculpture
Renee Thompson who graduated in Fashion Textiles and Laura Curran who graduated in Photography
Ruth Wilson who achieved a BA Honours in Fine and Applied Arts with Mother and Father James and Eleanor Wilson
Lauren Casement who graduated in Architecture
Stephanie McGuinness who graduated in 3D Design and Chris Gregg
Seana Heraghty from Derru and Laura Dobbyn from Belfast who graduated from the University of Ulster .
Christine Steele from Ballymena, June Graham from Ballymena and Fergus Rea from Randalstown who graduated witgh BSc (Hons) in Business Studies.
Lee-Ane Moule from Limavady who graduated from Coleraine with a BSc (Hons) Business Studies in retail pictured with Karl Rushe and mum Kay Moule.
University of Ulster Graduations, Coleraine Tuesday 29.6.09. Pictures Martin McKeown. 29.6.09Sarah Forbes from Lisburn who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing and Samantha Swann from Lisburn who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Business and Psychology
Rachel Bell and Chen Jing Lin who both graduated in Fine and Applied Art
The graduates from the Speach and Language Therapy class
Sandra Cromie and Seaneen Kearney who both graduated with a BSC Honours in Occupational Therapy
Steven Redpath, James Colgan and Aidan Rainey who all achieved First Class Honours in Physiotherapy
Sarah Sloan, Christine Mitchell, Catherine Lavery, Deirdre Lavery and Laura McKenna who all graduated with a BSC Honours in Radiography
Mark Hughes and Olivia Cousins who both achieved a BA Honours degree in Humanities
Una Groogan who achieved a Bachelor Honours in Speach and Language Therapy

The graduation ceremonies for full-time and part-time students at the University of Ulster moved to Londonderry today as students from the University’s Magee campus received awards from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Computing and Engineering.

The ceremonies were held in Derry’s Millennium Forum.

At the afternoon ceremony international musician and songwriter Paul Brady received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his services to traditional music and songwriting.

Among the graduates is James Knox, with today marking the culmination of many years of part-time study for the Derry man.

The father of four from the Culmore Road was awarded a BSc Honours degree in Computer Science (Second Class, Upper Division).

The former Post Office employee, who is now an ICT specialist with the Civil Service in the Western Region, admits he has an insatiable appetite when it comes to learning about computers.

Realising that computers were going to have a major impact on the workplace, he decided to study part-time in the evenings and on a day release basis to learn more about them.

In 1996 James took voluntary redundancy from the Post Office and enrolled on the Foundation course for mature students at Magee. From this he progressed to do a HNC in Electronics and Computing at North West Regional College and a Diploma in Teaching ICT before signing on for a degree in Computer Science at Magee.

With a young family to support James says he did not have the luxury of studying full time so he went back to work, first with the Ulster Bank, Stream and Civil Service pensions branch before taking up his current post as an ICT specialist.

“Once you stop learning, you fall behind,” says James, adding that he has no plans to stop.

“My qualifications certainly opened doors for me and I would recommend going back to school. It has been a really positive experience for me.”

Another University of Ulster graduate has designed an innovative new system for car park users that could see pay machines becoming a thing of the past.

Andrew Wallace (22) from Limavady has developed a ticket-less method to access and exit a car park using a mobile phone. Andrew studied for a BSc in Computer Science.

He said: “The biggest advantage of this new system is that motorists won’t have the headache of queuing at pay machines.

“It works through an application installed in your mobile phone which means that you simply hold it in front of a machine and an infrared ray sends a message with a unique identification code to a central database where the information is stored.

“Some organisations already use a system where proximity cards are used to get in and out of car parks — we have one here at the university.

“This is taking that technology a stage further and it could be rolled out to public car parks too. Motorists would also be able to pay for the car park through their mobile phone.

“There would be security benefits because the database would know who is using the car park and how long they were parked there.

“Also if you were visiting an area where there was a lot of crime you wouldn’t have to carry any money.”

Andrew, who created the car parking system for his final year project, would like to see a local company pick up on his idea and develop it.

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