Day four of graduations will see students from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences pick up their degree awards in Accountancy, Advertising, Animation, Business and Management, Film and Television, Marketing, and Media. Students from the Faculty of Education will also receive their degree awards in Early Years Education and Secondary Education.
An Honorary Award will be given to DJ, broadcaster and television presenter, Janice Long.
First class student secures “big four” role and accountancy prize
An Edge Hill accountancy student has not only graduated today as top of her class but also secured a job with one of the “Big Four” global accountancy firms – Ernst and Young.
Autumn Murphy (21) from Chorley has been awarded the Edge Hill Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants (LSCA) prize during her ceremony today (19 July 2018).
She received a certificate and £100 prize from LSCA to acknowledge being the most outstanding third year student on the BSc (Hons) Accountancy programme.
“I was shocked at first when I heard I’d won the prize. There are some very talented students graduating this year who equally deserve to be recognised for all of their hard work and efforts this year,” said Autumn.
“The course was really interesting and covered a wide range of topics. I feel the biggest benefit is the nine exemptions form the professional qualifications which gives students a head start in the professional exams.
“Throughout my studies the lecturers were really helpful and always had the time to further explain anything I had questions on. The Young Enterprise module provided the opportunity to work with students across the department; I found this to be a really interesting and challenging module that helped put my skills into context.”
Autumn originally discovered accountancy while studying a module in her Travel and Tourism BTEC course at Cardinal Newman College in Preston. “The aim of the module was to create a business plan and the accounts. Alongside this, I was enjoying my A level maths so accountancy just seemed like a natural step.”
Autumn has just moved to the Channel Islands after securing a role as a Tax Associate with Ernst and Young (EY), which is one of the world’s largest professional services firms. She believes this wouldn’t have been possible without the opportunities she got at Edge Hill.
She said: “Before starting University I was a very quiet and reserved person. Edge Hill provided me with the opportunity to meet so many amazing people which helped me to build my confidence and social skills.
“When I first started I was extremely worried about my written and reading skills. I have Dyslexia which means it can take me a little longer to read than average. I brought this up with one of the lecturers, who reassured me that it would be ok, provided access to lecture slides before the lecture and made the time to meet with me if I had any problems.
“I also took a placement year in 2016/17 at Triumph Motorcycles. This was an amazing opportunity and I learnt a lot from it. I can honestly say without these opportunities I would not have been able to secure a job at EY.”
She also has some advice for others at Edge Hill.
“I would say in general just believe in yourself, if you want to graduate with a first class degree you can do it. It doesn’t matter who you are or the grades you have achieved so far as long as you believe in yourself, or surround yourself in people who believe in you even when you don’t you can achieve whatever you want.
“I have always felt from a young age that having a learning disability would limit what I could achieve, but in fact it’s the complete opposite. If anything it has made me more determined to achieve more and push myself more. I would say as long as you’re willing to put the effort in then there are no limits to what you can achieve.”
Broadcaster Janice Long celebrates receiving Honorary Doctorate from Edge Hill University
Broadcaster Janice Long has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Edge Hill University in recognition of her contribution to the popular music and national cultural life.
Receiving her award today from Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater, she said: “It’s a fantastic university and I’m so glad that I’m now part of it.”
Janice was the first female DJ to be given a daily show on national radio, but she began her career as a station assistant at Radio Merseyside. Her life as a broadcaster properly began with Street Life on Radio Merseyside.
From there she quickly progressed to Radio One, where The Janice Long Show featured music, news, interviews and, crucially, live sessions which were an important way for new artists to be heard and funded.
Janice was also the first female presenter on Top of the Pops, regularly appearing during the Eighties, and returning for the last ever show in 2006. In 1985 Janice was part of the team presenting Live Aid, the monumental worldwide charity event.
In 1995, Janice returned to Liverpool to establish her own station, Crash FM, an alternative channel showcasing the city’s music scene. This was backed by Bob Geldof, Primal Scream and Boy George, amongst others. The station later became Juice FM, and then Capital.
She has worked on a variety of stations including GLR and XFM, where she was involved in bidding for the station getting a permanent licence. Her career has also encompassed Radio 2, 5, 6 Music and Radio Wales.
The list of artists who have benefited from being give airtime by Janice at the beginning of their careers is long and illustrious, including Amy Winehouse, The Teardrop Explodes, the Icicle Works and the Farm.
Janice has given invaluable levels of exposure to artists from the University’s own record label, playing songs from its very first releases by The Inkhearts and Hooton Tennis Club to the most recent by graduate, Bill Nickson.
In the ceremony, Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Communications said: “This year the University is celebrating 100 years since some women got the right to vote with our Wonder Women campaign. Janice’s career shows how passion and humanity can be the bedrock of a flourishing and diverse career, and it is particularly fitting that her contribution should be celebrated within this year.”
In her speech to graduands she said: “I feel very blessed because I have a wonderful life. Every day I think, ‘gosh what must it feel like to do something you really don’t like?’. I am so lucky to do a job that I’m completely into.
“Who is going to say ‘oh I hate listening to music’ and ‘I hate going to gigs’ and ‘I hate hosting a radio show’ and ‘I hate interviewing all of these incredibly famous people’ so I count my blessings every day.
It has not always been easy for Janice as she rose to fame at a time when she faced many challenges, including sexism.
She said: “I have faced all kinds of things: body image, criticism for wearing DMs, all of that stuff I’ve had to fight against over the years. It’s gradually changing for everybody of all genders. But there are going to be obstacles and you just get over them, you ride them.
“She added: “Don’t let anything get in the way of your dreams and ambitions. In media you have to dare to be different. Be yourself, be true to yourself and stick to your guns, have your dreams and follow them.”
After leaving the ceremony at Edge Hill, Janice will travel to London for the launch of an exhibition in the Royal College of Art. She is one of 100 portraits of women who did something first – called First Women UK, it is an exhibition celebrating 100 pioneering 21st century women.
Janice’s portrait will appear with Betty Boothroyd, the first female speaker of the House of Commons, and Nicola Adams OBE who was the first women to win British Olympic and European Games boxing gold medals, amongst others.
She said: “You can imagine how I’m feeling today. Last night was like Christmas eve, I am so excited.”
First Class success for aspiring TV Production Manager
A student from Edge Hill University hasn’t let her Tourette’s stand in the way of working towards her dream career in the television industry, she has in fact used it to her advantage.
Emilly Carter, 21, from Essex, has graduated today with first class degree in Television Production Management after excelling throughout her course.
“I found my course great, I absolutely loved it,” said Emilly. “It was exactly what I expected it to be and I loved it because I really enjoy the production management side of television.
“My Tourette’s has not affected my studying. I occasionally had to leave big lectures but I never fell behind. My lecturers were really supportive and made provisions for me, for example instead of doing a group debate I was able to do an individual presentation.”
Emilly’s love of music and singing really helps her Tourette’s as her tics lessen when listening to music and go completely when singing. Her first taste of television was when she was 15 years old and she featured in a BBC3 programme called Tourettes Let Me Entertain You.
“Tourettes Let Me Entertain You was presented by Reggie Yates, and it followed myself and five others and focussed on our Tourette’s and how music helps us. I used to go on Tourette’s camps with the charity Tourette’s Action and a lady who used to work there heard me sing and put me forward for it.
“I was also on BBC3 recently on a Living Differently feature focussing on my Tourette’s, music and suppression. I was contacted by the production company who made it after they saw a Tourette’s Awareness Month video on Instagram.”
Every year, Emilly posts a video on Instagram during Tourette’s awareness month, which she will continue to do after she graduates. She is also currently working on a Channel 4 programme called Child Genius, and her main goal for the future is to become a Production Manager.
For more information about studying for a BA (Hons) Television Production Management, click here.
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