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Sunday 1 March 2015

UU graduations: July 2

Doctorate honour for sports chief

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 University of Ulster’s graduations continue at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast today when students from the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Computing and Engineering receive their awards.

The morning ceremony sees an honorary degree awarded to Sport NI chief executive Eamonn McCartan, who will receive the degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv), in recognition of his services to sport and community relations in Northern Ireland.

In the afternoon, leading businessman William Wright — chairman of the UK’s largest independent coachbuilder Wrightbus — will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) in recognition of his services to manufacturing in Northern Ireland.

Also among today’s graduates is Dympna Walsh-Gallagher, who plans to use her PhD research to improve health care provision for pregnant women with disabilities.

The Donegal woman, whose sister Anne Marie was born with cerebral palsy, followed the progress of 17 mums-to-be in Northern Ireland and the Republic from pregnancy through to birth and beyond.

Their disabilities ranged from spina bifida, motor neurone disease, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, brain tumours, blindness to mild learning difficulties.

“I looked at the challenges they faced and obstacles they encountered, in some cases taking on the health and social care services in order to keep their babies,” Dympna said. “But none of them ever gave up on their babies even if their own health suffered. They always saw the treasure at the end of the rainbow — their baby — even if the health professionals or their partners couldn’t.

“These women all delivered healthy babies and they have all proved to be great mothers.

“I promised the women who participated in the research that I would try and do more for them to try and improve the health service for pregnant women with disabilities.”

The Donegal woman suffered a setback during her studies when she was eight months pregnant and involved in a car accident which left her with serious back injuries. Thankfully she gave birth to a healthy boy – the first of two sons, Peter and James, born while she was studying for her PhD.

Meanwhile, another student graduating today has warned that GAA clubs and counties need to work more effectively to stop player burnout before players are disillusioned by the sport.

Lynette Hughes, from Carrickmore in Co Tyrone, graduates from the University of Ulster today with a PhD, after a three-year study into player burnout in gaelic footballers.

Lynette identified three areas of difficulty associated with burnout — physical and emotional exhaustion, reduced performance and disillusionment and withdrawal from the sport.

“Young players are being exposed to too much activity in the sport at such a young age,” she said. “There are a significant number of footballers who are at times trying to cope with the demands of three or four coaches as some are playing minor and senior football for their club, as well as playing county and university football.

“It is the demands put on these players which are disillusioning young footballers, and this is as much a danger to the GAA’s future as the physical extremities they are put under.”

The study was the most extensive of its kind ever undertaken, focusing on a survey of more than 600 of the country’s leading young Gaelic footballers.

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