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From Canada to Bradford - Student who travelled 2,200 miles to study graduates


A student in graduation robes

A student who travelled over 2,200 miles to gain a qualification for her dream career has graduated as part of the winter graduation ceremonies at the University of Bradford.

Savannah Hatch, 25, came from Newfoundland, Canada to Bradford to study for a masters in Human Osteology and Paleopathology - the study of archaeological human remains and how they were buried.


Savannah said: “I’m used to small communities, so coming to Bradford on my own was a shock, but I have loved my time here. 


“I have an undergraduate degree in history and archaeology, and I fell in love with studying ancient diseases. The University of Bradford is the only place that offers this course, so I came here!”


During her studies, the University was awarded a coveted Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Archaeology, and Savannah was impressed with the facilities on offer: “It’s amazing to have had the opportunity to work with such a large and diverse skeletal population.”


The prestigious accolade, which honours world-class excellence and achievement, is the highest form of national recognition that UK higher education institutions can achieve.


Savannah, who hopes to use her qualification to work in a museum, was joined at the ceremony by her family, who travelled from Canada especially for the occasion, and she was able to show off the sights of Yorkshire including trips to York, Leeds and Skipton Castle.