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Great celebrations! Graduation 2014

Released: 28.10.14

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More than 1200 students from the University of St Mark & St John’s Faculties of Sport & Health Sciences, Education & Social Sciences and Culture & Language Sciences graduated in the fine surroundings of Plymouth Guildhall.

The graduates were joined on a memorable day of celebration by Honorary Graduates Hope Powell CBE, Sharon Berry OBE and Martin Duckworth.

Hope Powell CBE, Master of Science:

Hope Powell was appointed as the first ever full-time National Coach of the England Women’s team in 1998. An experienced international with 66 caps and 35 goals, she was the youngest ever England coach and the first female England coach. In 2003 she became the first woman to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence - the highest coaching award available. In 2002 Hope was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and was again recognised for her work with the award of a CBE in 2010. Hope works to promote the women’s game and is patron of the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Sharon Berry OBE, Master of Education:

Sharon started an English degree at the University or St Mark & St John in 1997. After graduating in 2000 she spent a year training in radio production and went on to gain a PGCE and became a teacher in a prison. She then combined these skills to start the Storybook Dads charity in 2003 at Dartmoor Prison. Since then the charity has grown from strength to strength, being implemented in over 100 prisons nationwide and adopted by the military services so personnel deployed overseas can keep in touch with their children. Storybook Dads has won many national awards including the category for overall winner in the 2007 Charity Awards and in 2010 Sharon received an OBE for her services to children and families.

Martin Duckworth, Master of Science:

Martin Duckworth is a former Dean and Programme Lead for the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy programme at the University of St Mark & St John. Martin has a professional qualification as a speech and language therapist and a higher degree in linguistics and phonetics, and has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. He is a Speech and Language Therapy Partner of the Health and Care Professions Council and a founder member of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics. In 2013 Martin worked on a BBC film about a relatively uncommon form of speech and language disorder called ‘Foreign Accent Syndrome’.

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