Students gain MSc in Human Resource Management

| 18/07/2010

(CNS): Thirteen people who have achieved a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from University of Portsmouth were presented with their certificates on Saturday, 3 July. All the graduates are either in HR or in management positions and from a combination of government departments (Immigration, Public Works, Portfolio of the Civil Service, Ministry of Community Affairs & Housing, District Administration, the Cayman Island Hospital) and private sector organisations (Dart, Seaboard Marine, Black beards, and Trident Trust).

According to Principal Lecturer in HR Management, Stephen Pilbeam, the degree is a UK validated Masters programme and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as meeting UK HRM Professional Standards, and is delivered on island by University of Portsmouth tutors. The University of Portsmouth received an invitation from CI Government back in 2000 and this is third time this Masters in Human Resource Management has been delivered in the Cayman Islands, Pilbeam said.

The successful Masters graduates are: Nikki Allen, Cara Anderson, Justin Bodden, Maribelle Brown, Cindy Downing, Katrina Ebanks, Tamara Ebanks, Juliet Osbourne, Brenda Riley, Dorothy Robertson, Raymond Scott, Mark Tibbetts and Marion Wilson-Lindsay.

Previous graduates include Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Samantha Bennett, Director of Children and Family Services Deanna Lookloy , Prison Director Dwight Scott, Chief Meteorologist Fred Sambula, and Walling Whittaker (former director of employment relations).

At the ceremony held at UCCI, Pilbeam told the graduates,“You are a talented group of individuals who have worked hard to achieve an internationally recognised Masters Degree – go forth and make a contribution to your employers and your society, and always take joy in learning.” Deanna Lookloy, Director of Children and Family Services, presented the Certificates and emphasised the importance of creating a work environment in which people could grasp opportunities for learning and demonstrate their talents.

Master of Ceremonies Graham Wood praised the contributions of the 200 family, friends and employers present at the ceremony in supporting the graduates throughout their studies. Janet Farrington-Martinez was present to receive her Award of Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Tamara Ebanks in replying for the students recounted the many valuable learning experiences, the mutual support provided to each other and the professionalism and expertise of the university faculty who taught the programme on island.


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  1. Nature Watche says:

    If you scroll down really carefully you might just see some crabs in a bucket.

  2. Mia says:

    Congratulations on amazing accomplishment!

  3. Mia says:

    Congratulations, first of all, you have reached a milestone that many can never hope to attain! I am always impressed with people who work hard to attain something, rather than expect it as par for the course!

    As a fellow island person and a female, I am so proud of the women picture above, you go ladies, show your daughters by example!

    To my friend Janet, I’m so happy for you and more proud than words can say!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    congrats to my sister in law katrina ebanks

  5. A.Solomon says:

    Good Job all – and a special congrats to my brother Justin!

    ♥ you!


  6. Anonymous says:

    Firstly, Congratulations. Secondly, I have seen first hand young graduates come back from studying and expect to be earning +$100,000 and want top management jobs. This is unrealistic. My suggestion would be to work in a competitive environment for a couple of years in the UK or elsewhere before returning to Cayman to see what a real work place is like. Your resume will only be strengthened and employers will see you as a driven individual and not as someone with asense of entitlement like so many others on this island.

    • Anonymous says:

      Soooo a person who has completed their education including to the tertiary level is not ENTITLED?  Why should they have to go work somewhere else before they are entitled to a good job?  Are people educated all the way through in Cayman (who most likely also work full time and manage families, businesses etc at the same time) not considered driven individuals by employers.  I agree expatriates from countries like the UK, US, Canada may have had a larger variety of experiences and opportunties but that is not the standard by which we should be judged.  If we have a university degree, work experience and can fulfill the prerequisites why are we labeled as relying on entitlement just because we havent been overseas?

      I lived, worked and went to school in the UK for years and guess what my distinctions, first class honours and magic circle work experience got me no further in the UK than paralegal level, where despite having a british passport I was still considered a foreigner and told to go back home because I was taking up the job rightfully belonging to an english person.  You will always get a better job and better pay in Cayman over the UK – why do you think so many flock here?  Its because they couldnt hack it themselves in Ole Blighty, the top achievers don’t come here to work, we only get the dried up has beens who live in single council flats in Dagenham but see $$$ in Cayman so they migrate and come off BA with resume in hand and prejudices in tow.  Get off Caymanian people get a life.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Seriously? What an ignorant comment. Guess you think that the public schools should shut down as well, you probably don’t think you’re getting your money’s worth there either. You probably wonder why invest any money in training any Caymanians at all. You obviously don’t know the value of getting an education and the extreme sacrifices all these people made to gain valuable knowledge that actually will help them to serve you and their colleagues better. The majority of them, for three years, had to give up all their holidays to attend these courses on their own time and to work long hours at their jobs, not to mention the hours and hours of studying, researching, doing assignments, writing exams, the sacrifices and support of friends and family, and then culminating in the submission of a masters level dissertation. I am sorry you decided that your opinion was so important that you wanted to share it and try to distract from acknowledging what can be achieved through sacrifice and dedication. I salute these people for this tremendous accomplishment and I fervently hope that you haven’t dissuaded any person from pursuing higher education. You should consider going back to school, gaining knowledge will remove your ignorance.

  8. Ex Caymanian & Not by Choice says:

    Congrates Tamara, very proud of you.


  9. Anonymous says:

    Can’t we just congratulate these students on their achievements without the cynicism? While the general inefficiency of the CS peeves us all, at least look at the human factor and congratulate the individual efforts and achievements. It’s not every single Civil Servant who is inefficient and a burden to the taxpayer; many are good, hard-working achievers like these young people. Cynicism only serves to dampen their resolve and could deter others from following in their footsteps.

    Not that any classification makes it right but I hope that the cynical critic is a transient in our society (who will hopefully soon be gone) and not a person with a vested interest in our Islands – if the latter, shame on you.   

    Sincere congratulations to these graduates – make a difference!

  10. Dennis says:

    I sure hope my tax dollars paid for the education of these bright Caymanians- it is the least I can do in return for living in these beautiful Islands and making more money that I ever dreamed of. Thank you Cayman.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I bet the civil servants had their course fees paid by us the taxpayers. And I wonder whether it makes any of them any better at their jobs.

    • Anonymous says:

      Congratulations to these young ladies, weel done. Education is the future of Cayman. Not to take any kudoos away from these graduates, where are the boys……. not only in Cayman, but in many, many countries, no males graduating…. does not speak well for Cayman. Maybe, especially in Cayman, a time for a bit of male affirmatived action. I believe a lot of young men are at risk.









      • Anonymous says:

        Why don’t you read the article before making a post!  There are three male graduates in there.

        Congrats, graduates!  Well done.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Jealousy can be so ugly.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Not all the graduates are civil servants. Why you have to be so miserable anyway? Always trying to tear people down. These people got MASTER’S DEGREES, something a small percentage of Caymanians earn! Congratulate them!!

      Congrats to you all.