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First for Aberdeen University as students pick up Catholic teachers’ certificates

The first teachers at Aberdeen University to achieve a Catholic teaching qualification celebrated their graduation last month, where they were joined by the local bishop on the special occasion

The Catholic students at Aberdeen University recently received their Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), and along with their guests met Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen Diocese at the university’s Catholic chaplaincy at their graduation on June 21.

“I am delighted that PGDE students at Aberdeen University can now access the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate course (provided by the St Andrew’s Foundation of Glasgow University),” Bishop Gilbert said. “I am grateful to the Scottish Government for its funding of this development and to the authorities of Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities.

“It was a joy to greet this year’s group of graduates.”

It marks the first group of students at Aberdeen University campus who have been given the opportunity to study for the Catholic Teacher’s Certification alongside their PGDE.

This is a result of staff at Glasgow University’s St Andrew’s Foundation helping to provide the new arrangement at the university.

The bishop added that he was ‘delighted to support this new expansion of provision in the north east of Scotland.’

“It is important to have teachers who are qualified to teach religious education in our Catholic schools,” he said. “While many of today’s graduates will be teaching in other parts of Scotland, it has been a pleasure to welcome them to our diocese where we have, hopefully, provided caring pastoral support as an integral part of their experience.

“We wish all our newly qualified teachers every blessing wherever they decide to serve the Church in this important vocation.”

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