Dad and daughter graduate after completing same university course

By Kate Lally

A woman and her dad have both just graduated from the same university course.

Katie Hedley and her dad James Ryan, both from Southport, finally celebrated their graduation yesterday - after it was postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

The pair studied the PGCE course at the UCLan centre in Southport.

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Katie, 33, and James, 58, say they were both working in teaching roles and wanted to gain a new qualification.

James said: "I've been teaching for ten years, but only with the basic qualifications, and I decided I wanted to improve my skills.

"I was worried as I knew I'd be the oldest in the group, but it was just fantastic.

"Lifelong learning is what I'm all about, I'm the poster boy for it I think, you know, I'm still learning and every day is a school day.

"I'd definitely recommend it, if I can do it, anybody can."

Katie says she chose the course as she wants to work with young adults, teaching art and design and graphics.

James currently works as a carpentry and joinery lecturer and assessor.

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