Family celebration as father and daughter graduate in same week

It was a proud week in the Jackson household in Aberdeen when 22-year-old Chloe Jackson and her dad Billy Jackson graduated from Robert Gordon University (RGU) within 24 hours of one another.

Chloe Jackson, BA (Hons) International Hospitality Managment with dad Billy, PG Cert Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Nursing and Midwifery)First to graduate was Chloe who received a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management on July 12. The following day Billy, a lecturer in Occupational Health in RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, graduated with a PGCert Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Nursing and Midwifery).

“Graduation week, when my dad and I both achieve a university qualification in the same year, was a very momentous one which we celebrated with our family,” said Chloe.

Chloe said she was inspired to go to the university because of the support of her parents.

“Growing up I saw my dad achieve good results from his university studies and this was when I identified that good things come from a university education. I faced a lot of challenges at school but I have always had very strong support from my mum and dad. My confidence grew when I finished my final year at school and I went first to Dundee College where I gained an HND in Hospitality Management before moving to study at RGU.

“Hospitality has always been a passion of mine from a young age when I loved creating charity events and taking part in cooking competitions so it was a natural progression for me.

“I’ve now been offered a Graduate Manager’s position with Macdonald Hotels, so I’m really excited about that.”

Billy, who has been a lecturer for two years, after working as nurse for a number of years, said he plans to continue his studies to complete his M.Ed.

“I’m very proud to have achieved my certificate which also comes with Fellowship of the Higher Academy of Education and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse teacher,” he said. “I was also very pleased to present my project at the Learning and Teaching Conference, Experience of Assessment and Feedback this year.


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