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02 Andrew Sanders

Andrew Sanders

Head | School of Law

Many congratulations to the graduating class of 2020. Many years ago I was in a similar position to you: just completing my LLB at Warwick. The Law School, and the University as a whole, was much smaller in those days. But when I came back at the start of last year it was still basically the same, but updated. I was so pleased to be able to lead the School that helped shape my outlook on life as well as giving me a great university education.

I hope you had as good an experience as I had – despite all the disruption this year and the Covid-19 crisis that has changed so much of the way we live. You all did really well to cope. Special mention must go to Victoria Hall, who has been awarded the prize for the best overall performance in the Law School this year. Her marks were tremendous, so she completely deserves the prize, but you all deserve to be proud of what you’ve achieved in difficult circumstances.

Please don’t forget us. I can assure you that we won’t forget you.

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Anchita Nayyar

Anchita Nayyar

Law LLB (3 Years)

'The thing about new beginnings is that they require something else to end'

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Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning

To all those graduating this year, my personal tutees, those I have taught and those who I have had the pleasure of dealing with over the last few years - it is has been fantastic that you have succeeded in completing your degree in such extreme circumstances. I am so impressed by your ability to adapt and cope with the difficulties you've had to face. I wish you the very best whatever you're planning to do in the future.

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Becca Kirk

Becca Kirk

Widening Participation Officer

Congratulations to the class of 2020! A shout out to those of you on the Multicultural Scholars Programme, and to everyone who has worked so hard on Law Outreach projects, thank you for being so amazing, it’s been a pleasure to get to know you all. Good luck with the next stage of your adventures and wherever you end up, keep on giving back. See you at graduation! Becca

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Benjamin Nde

Benjamin Nde

Law LLB (3 Years)

To the class of 2020, Congratulations, the journey was long and rocky, but we made it, we graduated! A greater journey lies ahead. We all have endless paths to take which can lead us to our goals. I urge you to take risks and move out of your comfort zone. 'There is no passion to be found playing small- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living' (Nelson Mandela) We will all face difficulties, rejections and more. This is inevitable, but how we react to them is up to us. Don't give up, the world is yours for the taking. I would like to thank all the teaching and non-teaching staffs for the crucial role they played; my many friends- some of whom became family, and God for making this possible. I wish everyone the best in their future endeavours.

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Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee

Finance Assistant

Congratulations to you all on your success. Your Graduation Day may not be what you originally planned but don't let that take away from your wonderful achievement. Be proud of yourself, good luck with the future and celebrate!

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Celine Tan

Celine Tan

Reader in Law

Congratulations to our graduating class 2020. Although I have not had the pleasure of teaching most of you during your time at Warwick, I have had the privilege of interacting with many of you through other activities and being your personal tutor. I am so proud of all of you and what you have achieved, especially during the challenges that this year has thrown at us. My very best wishes to all of you in all your future endeavours and I hope you stay in touch with us. Let us know how you are getting on, come back to visit us and know that we are always excited to hear of your news wherever you may be in the world.

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Christian Twigg-Flesner

Christian Twigg-Flesner

Professor of International Commercial Law

Very many congratulations to all of you! All the hard work, most recently under rather unusual circumstances, has paid off and you've made it!

Of course, from now on, not turning up for 9 am appointment on a Monday (Commercial Law) or Wednesday (Contract Law) morning will no longer be an option ;-). I hope that, in the years to come, you will make the most of the skills and knowledge you acquired during your studies.

Every good wish for the future - and please do stay in touch!

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David Vitale

David Vitale

Assistant Professor

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020! In my two years at Warwick, I have met and taught many of you, and it has been a pleasure. I would like to congratulate especially my personal tutees and the students in my Comparative Constitutional Law module this year. I wish I could celebrate this immense accomplishment with you. All the best for the future and please stay in touch.

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Helen Riley

Helen Riley

Law librarian

Congratulations to all of you, especially for completing your studies and graduating in such challenging times! It has been very interesting and fulfilling to work with you all, and I wish you success and much happiness in the future.

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Isabel Wood

Isabel Wood

Director of Administration

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! I hope you have found a way to celebrate your success and achievements, even though we cannot all be together to celebrate with you. I wish you well in your future adventures and hope you stay in touch with the Law School.

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Jade Khoo

Jade Khoo

Law LLB (3 Years)

Love all the memories we've made! 9am lectures and all 🥰 Will be back soon! Miss you Warwick xx

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James Harrison

James Harrison

Professor

Congratulations to everyone who is graduating this year. Its been a really tough time to be doing your final year at university and you have all done incredibly well to get through it. I hope there is an opportunity to meet up in person to share our best wishes for your futures in person before too long.

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Mae Spahr

Mae Spahr

Law LLB (3 Years)

“This is not where our story ends. This is only where it changes.” I spent my first week at Warwick getting lost on campus, realizing that I knew very little about my course, and meeting friends that would become best friends over the years. Three years later and I’m heartbroken that our year is ending this way, but I will always cherish my time at the Law School. I’ve loved the modules I’ve taken and the new perspectives they brought me, I’ve loved every Thursday coffee morning, and I’ve loved seeing campus change over time. Our Class of 2020 has been through a lot during our degree, but I know that we’ll be able to tackle whatever comes our way next!

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Muhamad Muhamad

Muhamad Muhamad

Law LLB (3 Years)

To the class of 2020, I thank you for the beautiful journey that we embarked on together. I thank you for the enjoyable seminars, for bearing with my frequent (and annoying) questions in the front row of most lectures, and I thank you for the sense of family that I felt. The future holds nothing but promise for each and every single one of us – let us remain steadfast, resilient and, above all, optimistic.

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Nathan Gamble

Nathan Gamble

Web Officer

A huge congratulations to all of you who are graduating today! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of you individually during my time at Warwick Law School and I can tell you have amazing futures ahead of you! Thank you so much to each and every one of you who has helped me with one of my many marketing requests - without your help a lot of my work would not have been the same.

Please do keep in touch with me and the Law School. You can connect with Warwick Law School on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Here’s my LinkedIn if you’d like to keep in touch with me :D

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Paul Raffield

Paul Raffield

Professor

Paul Raffield's Virtual Yearbook 2020 video message

It saddens me greatly that I shan't be able to see you graduating in all your be-gowned finery! Teaching you was a great pleasure, and getting to know you an even greater one. I'll always remember the fun we had together in the course of your degree studies. Good luck with everything you do in the future, wherever you may be. Please keep in touch...I want to know how you're getting on.

Finally, here's the blessing I gave you at the end of the last Tort lecture in your first term at Warwick, all those years ago:

“The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,
And you are stayed for. There – my blessing with thee …
This above all – to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell – my blessing season this in thee”. (Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3)

With my best wishes, gratitude, and affection.

Keep eating bananas,

Paul

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Sara Prestleton

Sara Prestleton

Marketing & Communications Officer

Congratulations everyone! Every year I feel like a proud parent watching our students graduate (although I like to convince myself that I am not old enough for that to be the case). I had the pleasure of meeting some of you during your first year and some in later years when you were kind enough to help us out with our marketing activities. Thank you so much for entertaining us, stealing our sweets ;-), helping at sometimes very short notice and sharing knowledge and experience that is invaluable to our new students. It has been an absolute pleasure and we will miss you very much. Unless you stay to do an LLM then we get you for another year - yay!

I feel very sad that I won't get to wish you all well in person so I guess online will have to do for now. Good luck to all of you for the future. Be proud. You just got a degree, that isn't easy, especially a Law degree. I look forward to hearing how you are all doing - please do keep in touch, we like to know what you are up to :-D

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Stephen Connelly

Stephen Connelly

Associate Professor

I have to say that I was so impressed with this year’s LoBO cohort. Your essays were a joy to mark, containing so much originality and academic endeavour, and you all did very well in your exams. You’ve really set the standard going forward.

This year was also my first year as Exams Secretary, and I’d like to extend my thanks to all of you for picking up the new AEP system and the notion of online exams and making them work. Your cooperation and flexibility has been invaluable.

Congratulations on your degree, and I wish you the best of luck for the future.

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Tshepo Gaditswalelwe

Tshepo Gaditswalelwe

Law and Sociology

Corona was a madting but we made it through

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Valerie Matthews-Lane

Valerie Matthews-Lane

Senior Careers Consultant for Warwick Law School

A massive congratulations to all of you. You've done so well in the most difficult of circumstances and achieved so much. I hope you will look back on your time at Warwick with fond memories, I know my own time at Uni was life defining and I cherish the friendships formed during that time. All the best in your future endeavours and if you need support with your next steps after Uni the careers team and its resources continue to be available to you after you graduate. With best wishes Valerie

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Van Anh Le

Van Anh Le

Teaching Fellow

A big congratulations to the class of 2020! It has been a winding journey for you, but I am sure you will agree that it is all worth it in the end. You have reached an important goal in your life by hard work and perseverance. May you enjoy continued success in the years that lie ahead.

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Winnie Chan

Winnie Chan

Associate Professor

Dear Graduate,

Thank you for all the energy you brought to classes. You inspired with your questions (ambush?) , your determination, your actions, your kindness and your fundamental honesty. I will miss your company greatly - your waves, your smiles, your big laughs and yes , your trust when things just got too much. This is such a new world to all of us, but the qualities you showed here provide us all with hope in the future.

Wishing you all the very best for, and in all things.

All best wishes, Winnie Chan

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