Askham Bryan College graduation ceremony celebrates its 2020 and 2021 graduates at York Minster

Date: 24th September 2021

University Centre Askham Bryan, the higher education arm of Askham Bryan College, held its annual graduation ceremony at York Minster to celebrate this year’s graduates which included its very first Master of Science cohorts (MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare and MSc Zoo Management and Conservation) and last year’s graduates who were unable to have their event due to pandemic restrictions.  A total of 280 graduates received either their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees for the successful completion of their studies. The College, renowned for its wide range of specialist land based Higher Education and Further Education programmes across five locations in the north, delivers Higher Education provision at its University Centre,York campus.

Dr Tim Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer and Principal, Askham Bryan College, said, “It is wonderful to return to York Minster this year to celebrate the achievements of our graduating classes from 2021 and 2020. We are very grateful to the clergy and Minster staff for making this event possible and welcoming us back. This has been an exceptional 18 months for all involved and we are delighted to be able to bring everyone together again.  We are especially thrilled to celebrate our first graduating Master’s cohorts who began their studies with us during a most challenging time.  On behalf of our college community, we wish all our new graduates the best of luck for a successful and fulfilling future.”

Graduation speakers included underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead, who coordinates the wider research of the Durham River Wear Assemblage, and Casey Woodward, founder of AgriSound, a company using sensor technology to help solve the problem of declining bee numbers. Casey and also acts as a specialist consultant and advisor to multiple start-ups, multinationals and government on agri-food innovation strategy.

University Centre Askham Bryan Open Days invite prospective students to visit the York campus and learn more about their degree-level programmes.  The next event is on Saturday 9 October 2021, 10.30am-1.30pm and can be booked online at

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