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Saturday, 06 June 2020 18:39

Gipsy Hill and Kingston Polytechnic Certificate of Education Holders

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Whilst the following news is not directly relevant for the purposes of Kentadvice,  my previous article about alumni of four Colleges for Teacher Education written in 2017 has attracted 8963 visits to date, suggesting that among the many visitors to this site is a large number of teachers and retired teachers. 

The article began:  In a brilliant initiative, the University of Roehampton, which was formed out of an amalgamation of the four Colleges for Teacher Education - Digby Stuart, Froebel, Southlands and Whitelands Colleges, has decided to award all traceable holders of Certificates in Education awarded before 1980, with an Honorary Degree:  Bachelor of Education 'Honoris Causa'. 

This note is simply to say that alumni of Gipsy Hill College and Kingston Polytechnic, also with Certificates of Education, awarded prior to 1979 are now eligible to be awarded Honorary Degrees in Education (see below), amongst many others. This discovery was made following discussion with teacher friends and I was surprised to discover not only how widespread the practice was, but also how many retired Cert Ed teachers were still completely unaware of it. Other such former colleges include Goldsmiths CollegeRipon College and York St JohnChester and Padgate CollegesLiverpool Hope University’s founding colleges including Notre DameAvery Hill College; Dartford College;  Worcester College (as far back as 2012); Sarum St Michael;  am happy to expand this item to cover further such initiatives if I am informed of them. 

You will find further details about the Gipsy Hill and Kingston Polytechnic arrangements here.  Please note that the degree ceremony, due to take place on 24th July this year has now been postponed because of the coronavirus, so there is likely to be ample time to apply for a ticket. 

In spite of many enquiries from teachers and retired teachers,, the above remains the extent of my knowledge. I do not have contact details for these Institutions other than via the links in the article. Neither do I have details of other Institutions so you will have to approach them yourself to find out if they run a similar project. Please let me know if they can be added to the list. 




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  • Comment Link Monday, 08 June 2020 13:53 posted by Janet Downs

    I'm a retired Cert Ed teacher. I wasn't aware that an Honorary Degree was being offered by some teacher training establishments. I shall inquire. Thank you. PETER: My pleasure Janet

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