Celebrating the IDS Summer graduation

Published on 20 July 2022

The IDS Summer graduation took place in Brighton on the 15 July and included 617 graduates from 42 different countries – and due to the disruptions of Covid-19 this included cohorts from 2020 and 2021 – making it our biggest graduation ceremony ever.

Graduating can be one of life’s most rewarding and memorable experiences, so we were delighted to once again be able to re-convene in-person with staff and students (and families) to share this joyous occasion.

Our development studies students come from all over the world, providing a multitude of diverse perspectives which enrich the IDS learning experience. Over their prospective course years, these graduates have worked hard studying on one of the many MA courses that IDS runs.

Director of Teaching and Learning, Linda Waldman says: Most IDS graduates will become development practitioners, working proactively with governments, NGOs, think tanks, and civil society to shape development initiatives. Some IDS graduates will become academics, researchers and lecturers, contributing theoretically and empirically to development, policy and practice. All, we hope, will have been inspired by IDS’ vision to of a more equitable and sustainable world, where people everywhere can live their lives free from poverty and injustice’.


Below, are a selection of photos from the day, which included members of the IDS Board of Trustees talking to our graduates and some of our IDS Teaching Staff and IDS Director Melissa Leach.

Image: Bill Black. A group of IDS graduates at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton celebrating their success.
Image: Bill Black. IDS Director Melissa Leach (3rd from left) and Director of Teaching and Learning (2nd from right) Linda Waldman are flanked by three IDS graduates.
Image: Bill Black. Two graduates at the Old Ship in Brighton before the official ceremony.
Image: Bill Black. Five IDS graduates in their graduation robes inside the Brighton Centre.
Image: Bill Black. IDS graduates at the celebration at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton.
Image: Bill Black. Chair of the IDS Board of Trustees Deepak Nayyar (front) speaks to the IDS graduates at the event in the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton.
Image: Bill Black. PhD graduate Wezi Mwangulube (centre) with her family on Brighton beach.
Image: Bill Black. IDS graduates posing on Brighton seafront with the world famous Palace Pier in the background.
Image: Bill Black. IDS graduates sitting on Brighton beach.
Image: Bill Black. IDS graduates celebrate as they throw their Mortar’s in the air on Brighton beach.

Share your celebrations

If you graduated, we’d love to see your pictures. You can tag us on Twitter or Instagram @ids_uk or use the hashtag #idsgrad. And remember to stay in touch with all things IDS via the IDS Alumni Network.


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