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Manx degree success for students 27 June 2008

THE Isle of Man College is pleased to announce that Mr Paul Quayle and Mrs Carol Hayes have become the first students to graduate from the BA Honours History, Heritage Management and Manx Studies degree offered through a partnership between the College and the University of Chester.

Both students consistently achieved better results than their equivalent students in Chester throughout their three years of study at the Isle of Man College. Mrs Hayes gained a high 2:1 class degree while Mr Quayle’s 1st class honours degree was one of only three awarded by the History and Archaeology Department at the University.

Dr Ronald Barr, Assistant Principal for Higher Education at the College, a main tutor and course leader for the degree, said:

‘This unique degree course places equal emphasis on the three streams of History, Heritage Management and Manx Studies and was designed for part-time study over six years. It was created through the combined efforts of a group of determined people from the College, the Centre for Manx Studies and Manx National Heritage seeking to develop a “Manx” degree course.
‘An enthusiastic partner was found in the University of Chester and, following two years of course development, Mr Quayle and Mrs Hayes joined the course in 2005 in an initial intake of eight students but chose to follow an accelerated route through the course to complete it in three years. The course has gone from strength to strength, justifying the vision, enthusiasm and hard work of the original development team.’

College Principal Dr Ian Killip, who acted as course leader during the development of the degree, recalled:

‘Mr Quayle and Mrs Hayes were part of a first–year student group who discovered the remains of a 10,000 year-old Irish deer during a field trip to the cliffs at Kirk Michael under the guidance of Dr Peter Davey. A high point of their second year was a work-related project they undertook under the guidance of Dr Andrew Foxon of Manx National Heritage to review the heritage interpretation of the Calf of Man. For their final year honours dissertations, Mrs Hayes undertook a project on Manx dance while Mr Quayle completed a study of land tenure in the Ballaugh area.’

Dr Killip said:

‘It is difficult to describe how extremely proud I am of their achievements. I have watched them both grow in confidence and ability through the course and am sure that whatever they do following their graduation will be a credit to them, their families and the course team. I am also looking forward to the future achievements of the students who are following in their footsteps and are also obtaining impressive results in their studies.’

Professor Elaine McFarland, the external examiner for the programme, stated:

‘I have now followed the Isle of Man students through three years of study. This has been a small but impressive cohort. In my experience the partnership between the two institutions seems to be working extremely well. All staff concerned are to be congratulated on this initiative.’

Dr Peter Davey, Director of the Centre for Manx Studies until October 2007 and one of the main tutors for the course, said:

‘Mrs Hayes and Mr Quayle produced original and important work for their third-year dissertations on the history of Manx dance and land tenure respectively. They have both made small, but significant contributions to our understanding of the Isle of Man and its people. Having made such an impressive beginning, I very much hope they will wish to take these studies further. We will give them every support we can.’

Stephen Harrison, Director of Manx National Heritage, said:

‘The Island’s heritage offers unrivalled opportunities for this kind of study. Not only are there heritage sites available of almost every variety, but the international award-winning “Story of Mann” portrayal around the Island offers students a special opportunity to study the principles of modern heritage management at first hand, with advice and guidance from the professional staff within MNH, such as Dr Andrew Foxon. We are delighted to have been able to help with this excellent initiative and to see the students achieve such success.’

Dr Andrew Foxon, Head of Professional Services at Manx National Heritage, said:

‘Mrs Hayes and Mr Quayle can be very proud of their achievement. It was really good to work with students who were so interested in the rich heritage of the Island. Their enthusiasm for the course, the quality of the work they did and their own enquiring minds made our involvement with this course a very positive experience.’

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