Dean travels from ‘down under’ to graduate
Dean Robinson, will today (Friday 30 June) graduate with a Doctorate of Education from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s, having completed his studies from Queensland in Australia.
Before emigrating in January 2015, Dean was Vice-Principal of Down High Grammar School in Downpatrick and had started his Doctoral training at Queen’s. After the move, he continued with his studies through online support and had regular skype meetings with his supervisors from Queen’s and an external examiner in Melbourne. This involved completing his viva on a Thursday and Saturday morning via skype, at 5.00am Queensland time and 6.00pm UK time.
Since making the move to Australia, Dean has been teaching at a private school in Queensland.
Speaking ahead of his graduation ceremony, Dean said: “The online support and the encouragement I have had from my supervisor, Professor Ruth Leitch and Queen’s staff to complete my degree has been exceptional, even from thousands of miles away. Anytime I had a query or needed help, all I had to do was log onto my email or skype and they were there.
“For me, attending graduation is a 35,000km round trip, but one well worth making as it marks the end of a huge personal and professional development journey. I feel an immense sense of pride to be graduating from Queen's as a Doctor of Education.”
This will be Dean’s third graduation ceremony at Queen’s, having previously completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University.
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