Students celebrate graduation from Edinburgh Business School

Students from across the world gather to celebrate their academic achievements at Edinburgh Business School today.

The new graduants will receive degree certificates from the full range of subjects and qualifications offered by the School.


During the ceremony the School’s executive dean, Professor Heather McGregor will present students for academic degrees. Among them a star of BBC1 show, The Apprentice, winners of scholarships, established professionals, entrepreneurs and future business leaders.

While Sabrina Stocker from the Apprentice is a strong asset to her TV team and today is receiving an MBA with distinction, Anu Sanya, the winner of the 30% Scholarship is graduating with an MBA after completing a full-time on-campus programme.

Earlier this year Anu joined the first cohort of entrepreneurs at EBS Business Incubator, which was opened by HRH the Duke of York.

Anu said:

"This has been a fantastic journey and a fantastic year. I’ve grown as a businesswoman and as a person and I feel very proud to receive my MBA today.

“I was also delighted to be offered a place at EBS Business Incubator and I look forward to spending more time growing my business and using the knowledge and skills I gained during my studies.”

The Silver Scholarship student, Jacqueline Cassidy, was awarded the fully funded scholarship to pursue her MBA at EBS two years ago, when the School launched the scheme to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

On the strength of her academic achievement, Jacqueline was also awarded a further scholarship to study for the pre-doctoral programme

Jacqueline, who will collect her MBA with distinction, said:

“I've been keen to undertake an MBA for many years but working in the charitable sector means that it's not been affordable for me. The Silver Scholarship allowed me to undertake the MBA and learn a whole set of new skills that are relevant to my career.

“I am really excited to be able to celebrate graduation with my family and new friends today. My mum and my husband have done so much to make sure I've had the time to study and a steady supply of tea and biscuits. My children have helped me revise formulas and mnemonics and made a party tea every time I've passed an exam. So I am very pleased that we can all be here today.”

Professor Heather McGregor, executive dean of Edinburgh Business School, said:

“Our graduates travelled from as far as Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana and Hong Kong. In total, today’s graduates come from over 50 countries and mirror the multinational community of our students and alumni network around the world. For most of them it is the first time they will have visited Edinburgh, and they bring friends and families and stay for several days, so it’s also a boost for the Scottish economy.

“Graduation is a special moment for our students, their families and our University. And we look forward to seeing the fruit of their hard work as they prepare to improve their careers, expand their businesses and start new business ventures.

“I wish all our graduates and their families every success and thank you for being part of Edinburgh Business School community.”