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Egyptology graduands gather from across the globe

04 Sep 2014

On 25 July 2014, University of Manchester students living in the USA, Bulgaria, Spain, Germany, Finland and all corners of the British Isles gathered in the Manchester Museum to receive the award of the Certificate or Diploma in Egyptology

Certificate and Diploma of Egyptology graduands

As both these courses are taught entirely online, this was the first time that the students had met their course mates and tutors. It proved to be an exciting and very emotional experience for everyone. Diploma Student Kerry Webb summed up the occasion: "It’s been lovely to put faces to names: it feels that we have been together as a family for the past five years."

The awards ceremony was led by Dr Caroline Bowsher (Faculty of Life Sciences) and the awards were presented by the Programme Director, Dr Joyce Tyldesley and Emeritus Professor Rosalie David. It was followed by a champagne and strawberry reception where staff, students and their guests had a chance to get to know each other better. As Certificate student Jerikay Gayle, from Texas, said: "We are all very collegial on the course and feel we know each other but we’ve never met until today so that has been a wonderful bonus". 

Gabriele Schier, a Diploma student from Germany, added: "Studying via distance learning has been absolutely great. It was the only opportunity for me to study without giving up my day job and looking after my family but if I had the option I would do online again. Although my co-students were all over the world, I have felt part of a great family; it has been fantastic."

Forty-two students were awarded a Certificate or Diploma in Egyptology. The Certificate in Egyptology is a three year-undergraduate course which provides a chronological study of Ancient Egypt starting from the pre-dynastic period and ending with the Roman Period. The Diploma in Egyptology is a two-year extension to the Certificate in Egyptology and provides for more in-depth study of Egyptology. Both of the courses incorporate the study of hieroglyphs, taught by Dr Glenn Godenho. 

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