Public Relations Officer Kerisha Stevens has recently gained a Masters Degree in Communications, Media and Public Relations from the University of Leicester.
Kerisha began her studies in October 2011 via a long distance programme offered through SHG’s training programme, which saw her studying alongside of her job role.
Modules in Year One included Key Issues and Approaches in Media Study, Media History and Social Regulation; Media in a Global Context and Communications and Globalisation. Year Two saw Kerisha study Professional Practices and Audience Reception, and submit a 14,949 word Dissertation.
Kerisha’s final Dissertation was titled: ‘Television, the Internet and Young Saints’, which saw her exploring television and internet use among young people on the remote Island of St Helena.
On gaining her Masters, Kerisha said:
“I’m extremely grateful to SHG for giving me the opportunity to study for my Masters. Gaining this Degree is my biggest achievement and after two years of intense study it is such a relief to have completed it successfully.
“Not having a preceding Degree meant I had to study harder – at times studying alongside of my normal work was challenging, often resulting in late nights and early mornings, especially when assignments were due in. However, I can look back over the last two years with pride and be confident that my knowledge of communications has grown and I am now better placed to understand the ever changing media and communications world and use this knowledge in my important communications work for SHG.
Chief Public Relations Officer Ian Jones commented:
“This is a tremendous achievement and I pay tribute to Kerisha for all her hard work and her dedication to completing her studies – which I have witnessed first hand. She is a credit to the Island.”
St Helena Government is committed to creating a culture of continuous improvement and development to help employees maximise their potential. The training programme allows employees an opportunity to acquire professional qualifications to assist their own development and improve systems and practices within Government.
A photo of Kerisha accompanies this release.
3 December 2013