Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Congratulations to Foundation Degree in Funeral Services students

Tue Jan 07 15:25:00 GMT 2014

We would like to congratulate the third cohort to graduate from the Foundation Degree in Funeral Services at the University of Bath. They graduated at Bath's Assembly Rooms on 11th December 2013 surrounded by family and friends.

  • Claire Bell
  • Jacquie Bingham
  • Robert Bowater
  • Kerry Jones
  • Jayne Mace
  • Tina McClelland
  • Alison Pople
  • Felicity Sankey

This group of students have studied topics such as ‘Children & Death’, ‘Green Issues’, Business Management and Ethical Issues in Practice’ and ‘Mass Fatalities, Disasters and Pandemics’ over the past 3 years with industry experts and academics working in the field of death studies.  

Students had to balance studying for the degree with working in the Funeral Industry, and the majority of their assignments had a practical application to the workplace meaning that their businesses directly benefitted from their studies.

Overcoming adversity

In addition to work and study, this group of students overcame a number of obstacles to graduate, including a series of strokes, family illness, and bereavement, as well as a birth and several house moves. Completing what equates to the first two years of an undergraduate degree whilst managing all of this is a real achievement.   

Next steps

A number of the graduates have already enrolled for further study with the Open University and are working to top up their qualification to a BSc by the end of the year.  Others are keen to utilise their skills as they move forward with their respective businesses and we look forward to hearing more about what they go on to achieve.

Continued support

We would like to thank the National Association of Funeral Directors their continued support, in particular current President Simon Fisher and Education Development Manager Angela Allen for attending this year’s ceremony and reception.

Watch the ceremonies

You can watch the students graduate in Bath's Assembly Rooms in Ceremony 6 from 18.50.

We were delighted that Colin Murray Parkes was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the same ceremony. Colin is a former Chairman and now Life President of the charity Cruse Bereavement Care, and was a pioneer of the Hospice Movement in this country. He has acted as consultant and advisor following many serious disasters over the past 40 years, both in the UK and Internationally.  For Prof. Tony Walter’s oration at his graduation and Colin’s inspiring reply, watch Ceremony 6 from 38.25 through to 52.30.

You can view photographs of the entire Ceremony on flicker.