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York St John to award honorary degrees to hundreds of teaching alumni

Published: 21 February 2019

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The Honorary Degree of Bachelor of Education (Bed Hon) will be awarded in celebration of the University’s 178-year heritage as an educational institution and in recognition of the academic rigor demanded by the Certificate of Education of the hundreds of teachers who have gone on to inspire generations of young minds.

York St John University is seeking to attract more alumni who were awarded a Certificate of Education whilst studying in York before 1980, so as many former students as possible have the opportunity to be recognised with an honorary degree.

Angela Train was awarded a Certificate in Education in 1980. Commenting on the prospect of receiving an honorary degree she said, “I am immensely proud to be part of an institution which can look at the past and honour those who went on to lead diverse and rewarding careers.”

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor of York St John University added, “York St John and the colleges that preceded us have trained thousands of teachers over nearly 180 years, teachers who have gone onto inspire countless children and have contributed an invaluable amount to this country. Awarding some of those teachers with an honorary degree is a fitting tribute to all their hard work.”

All alumni of the College of Ripon and York St John, St John’s College and Ripon College who were awarded a Certificate of Education (Cert Ed) are eligible to apply (this does not include the Post Graduate Certificate in Education), including those who continued on to study for further qualifications at other institutions.

Six conferment ceremonies will be held on the York St John University campus over three days on 25, 26 and 27 June 2019. For more information and to apply for an honorary degree visit or contact the Alumni office on 01904 876741 or

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