Roisin McAliskey recently graduated with a distinction in the MSc in Communication, Strategic Management for Rural Business at Queen’s University, Belfast.
The course is taught through CAFRE’s Loughry College, Cookstown and can be completed part-time over three years or full-time in one year and is currently subsidised by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Roisin is the daughter of John and Mary Donaghy, Clonmore, Co Armagh and she celebrated her graduation with her husband Fintan and their four children James (7), Mary (6), Rosa (2) and baby Annie (7 months).
Roisin works as a marketing and communication manager for STEP, the Dungannon based community development and social enterprise organisation, and she was also awarded the Pierce Partnership Award for gaining the top marks in her Master’s thesis.
Her topic investigated the communication process between the Department of Education and the parents of a small, rural primary school, Clintyclay PS, that has been threatened with closure.
Roisin said: “I was delighted to be able to complete this Masters degree through a world class university but to be taught locally at Loughry College, Cookstown.
“The DARD funding is instrumental in encouraging people to uptake this postgraduate course and it has been a great experience, enhancing my ability to complete my work at STEP.
“It is very important that these opportunities remain available outside of the major cities to encourage people from rural and farming backgrounds to access further and higher education.”