Summer of Success for Rostrevor man

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Thursday, September 7th, 2017
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Kevin Sloan from Rostrevor has shown you are never too old for education as he graduated from his Ulster University Certificate of Higher Education for Applied and Medical Sciences in his 70’s at the annual Graduation Ceremony in Armagh City Hotel.

After deciding to go back into education, he commenced his learning journey with Southern Regional College by joining an Access to University course before embarking on the Ulster University Certificate of Higher Education course which he recently graduated from.



Speaking at his graduation, Kevin said, “I wanted to try something new and decided to go back to education. As a mature student it was great to get out there and learn something new and SRC was the only option for me to take this course.”

Over 600 graduates were conferred with foundation degrees, higher level diplomas and professional qualifications from a range of courses delivered at the College’s Armagh, Banbridge, Newry, Lurgan and Portadown Campuses.

Honours Degrees delivered in conjunction with Ulster University and John Moore’s University Liverpool were also conferred in Business Studies and Creative Imaging.



Brian Doran, Chief Executive of Southern Regional College, welcomed the graduates and their family and friends and paid tribute to the work of College staff in providing an excellent learning experience for graduates.

Brian stated, “It is an honour to see you all here today, especially those of you for whom this rite of passage represents the culmination of several years’ of hard work and application. Your presence here today demonstrates the important role that Southern Regional College plays in diversifying the higher education system.”  

He continued, “Southern Regional College remains committed to providing everyone, irrespective of their background, with an equal opportunity to avail of higher education opportunities.” 



SRC was privileged to welcome Mr Kevin McEnoy from BT to present the BT Award for Excellence in Blended Learning. The BT Prize of a Tablet was awarded to Sandra McAloran who studied for a Higher National Certificate in Health and Social Care at the  Armagh Campus. 

Student of the Year Awards were presented by the Chairman of the Governing Body, Mr Andrew Sanders to both full-time and part-time Higher Education students who had excelled in their studies.

Siobhan Casey, from Cullyhanna who studied the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Health and Social Care spoke on behalf of the students. She commented, “I would just like to say how I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Southern Regional College. The lecturers have been extremely supportive, knowledgeable and professional.



“The teaching staff on my course especially were exceptional, answered our questions and supported us through the course. I would recommend SRC as a fantastic learning environment where you can reach your full potential with the support of the staff and the facilities that are in place.” 

The College has over 40 different higher level courses including Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, Higher Level Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees in a wide range of subject areas including; Creative Imaging, Computing, Construction, Engineering, English and History, Hospitality, Health Care, Multimedia, Tourism and Sports Science. 



If you are interested in joining the Higher Education community of learners at Southern Regional College contact 0300 123 1223 or visit 

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1 Comment for “Summer of Success for Rostrevor man”

  1. Amanda Greene

    So proud of my Dad Kevin, it goes to show you are never to old to learn something new He is an inspiration!

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