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Husband and wife amongst graduates receiving awards


Amongst the final graduates of 2014 were Society of Radiographers Student of the Year award winner Joaquim Graca and his wife Zaida Cavaco.

Joaquim was recognised for excelling academically and clinically as well as making an outstanding contribution to student life and the university. He is now working as a diagnostic radiographer at Ipswich Hospital.


He says I am overwhelmed for what I have achieved so far. I couldnt have done it without Zaida and my mentor Jane Harvey-Lloyd for their support and motivation throughout my degree.

Joaquims wife, Zaida, graduated today in Nutrition and Human Health and will start a Postgraduate degree to be a Dietician next year. For the time being she is working for Healthy Ambitions.

Zaida says "By graduating we are going to have more opportunities for the future, we can achieve our goals and improve our skills. It is one of the best days for us; very special and we are very very happy. It is a very good year for us, we are very lucky."

Joaquim added "I chose this university because of the quality of the health courses and the infrastructure of the organisation. Because the course is divided into blocks of theory and practice, it was possible for me to focus in specific areas. I am now planning to continue with my studies and complete a Postgraduate course and later on maybe a Masters."