The 2020 and 2021 award winning Community Governance graduates came together in Wiltshire on the 11 March for a celebratory lunch to mark their accomplishments in-person. The awards for the 2020 and 2021 academic years were originally announced in February at the online Practitioners’ Conference, and the lunch allowed graduates to come together to celebrate properly in their full robes.
Our thanks go to Lance Allan FSLCC and Juliet Weimar of Trowbridge Town Council who provided the venue for the event and were fantastic hosts. SLCC’s Chief Executive Rob Smith, President Philip Peacock PSLCC, and sponsors Blachere Illuminations were present to congratulate the students.
Rob Smith said, “SLCC’s vision is ‘To provide training, guidance, advice, and support to members so that they can develop the professional skills, knowledge, and experience necessary for them to best serve their councils and communities; and through this develop the overall recognition and status of their profession.’
“SLCC is engaged in a great deal of valuable activity aimed at delivering elements of our vision. Our Community Governance academic programme delivers on all aspects of the vision and the higher education programme is at the heart of what SLCC exists to deliver. And so, it is always a pleasure and a privilege to address our graduates and recognise and celebrate their extraordinary achievements.”
Graduate Sarah Pearse FSLCC, Deputy Clerk to Weston super Mare Town, encouraged other clerks to study saying, “Having just graduated from the BA hons degree in Community Governance, I can honestly say that I have been able to utilise so much of the course in my day job working for Weston super Mare Town Council which is the 2nd largest in the country. In addition, I truly have made friends for life with fellow students on my course. Studying through the pandemic, it was these friends that got me through, along with the great teaching team. I would highly recommend to anyone who thinks they can’t do this course to do it. You absolutely can – it’s a brilliant experience that will stay with you forever!”
Graduate Sue Davies PSLCC, Clerk to St Dogmaels Community Council in Wales, shared the benefits from studying syaing, “The knowledge and confidence I have gained from the Community Governance course is second to none, the amazing friendships made during the course will last a lifetime. It was an honour to share the graduation day with some of the many wonderful and dedicated people – both staff and students.”
If learning of the accomplishments of recent graduates has ignited your appetite to study, please visit our community governance page to find out more and express an interest for the 2023 academic year.
SLCC’s Community Governance team and De Montfort University’s lecturers look forward to welcoming you on your journey of professional development!