graduates welcomed to a global family

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor of Regent’s University London has welcomed over 1,000 new graduates following summer graduations at the University over 14, 15 and 16 July.

Professor Cooper spoke to students during ceremonies marking their achievements with Regent’s American College London; Regent’s School of Fashion & Design; Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology; Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media; Regent’s Business School, and Regent’s European Business School.

He said: “We are the largest and most diverse private, campus-based University in Britain. We are gaining increasing recognition from other universities, governments and employers around the world. This is hugely beneficial to our alumni, who want to be able to live, work and study internationally.

“These are very challenging times economically, socially and politically. At Regent’s we are a global family. We are tomorrow’s global leaders and promoting social responsibility. Regent’s graduates are marked out by their competence, confidence, communication skills and creativity.

“We will continue to focus on developing a genuine international perspective among our students, maintaining our very diverse student body from more than 140 different nationalities.”

The Graduation ceremonies also recognised and awarded Senior Honorary Fellowships to author and autism champion Kathy Lette; Geoffrey Robertson QC, founder of the University’s new International Human Rights Law MA; Regent’s Chancellor, Professor John Drew, and Ian Mehrtens, the University’s former Chair of Trustees and supporter of LGBT rights.

Reflecting on Regent’s achievements during his time on the board, Ian told graduates: “What did we achieve? Probably the fastest approval of ‘taught degree awarding powers’ in the country, University status, and we are now one of the most respected private universities in the UK.

“You don’t have to be famous to effect change and make a real difference. All you need is ambition, determination and belief in yourselves.”

Other comments from the three days of ceremonies included:

Russian graduate Anastasia Khodorkovskaya, received her Webster Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree from Regent’s American College London. She said: “I was originally interested in Psychology when I was studying in Russia and opted to transfer to Regent’s University London. I’ve really enjoyed myself. Finally coming to the end of my BA journey feels amazing. I have many ideas about what I would like to do next. I think I’ll most likely carry on into politics. Following BREXIT there are plenty of negotiations that will need psychology to help make the right decisions.”

Zein Al Maha Rami Wahdan Oweis, Webster Bachelor of Arts Media Communications graduate, said: “My drama teacher was the only one who looked past my disability (Zein is visually impaired). She put me on stage and told me that ‘everyone deserves a chance.’ I’ve never felt alone at Regent’s, it’s like being part of a big family. The thing I will take with me from my time here is the dedication of my professors, who guided me to work hard and always helped me when I wasn’t showing my full potential.”

Nikita Zolotarev gained his Webster Bachelor of Arts Management with emphasis in International Business. He commented: “My international relations teachers at Regent’s have been amazing. Every single one of them has mentored me. I’m currently working in sales and marketing for a UK start-up called Orderella. The company has a hospitality focus, providing pubs, bars and hotels with a phone app that you can use to order and pay for food and drinks at the venue.”

Nicholas Peter Caldecott, Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy graduate, said: “The Regent’s programme is characterised by something I think this University is good at – pluralism and stimulation, and an openness to a wide variety of ideas and backgrounds.”