Celebrities, politicians and business leaders highlight vital role of university graduates

​Actor Russell Brand, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, and Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities are among those who have marked National Graduates Day (30 July 2020) by celebrating the resilience, skills, and achievements of the graduate class of 2020.

Organised by Universities UK for the first time, National Graduates Day recognises the remarkable efforts of this year's graduates, whose final months at university have been affected by Covid-19.

A number of celebrities, politicians and business leaders have taken to social media to congratulate graduates, and reassure them that their experience and qualifications are needed now more than ever to help kick-start the UK's economic recovery, as the country moves forward from the coronavirus pandemic.

Public figures including Dan Snow, Alice Roberts, Larissa Kennedy, President of the NUS, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Melvin Odoom will join others in a film which highlights the role university students have played in the national effort, with hundreds graduating straight into NHS front line services, and thousands more volunteering in their local communities while finishing their academic studies with social distancing regulations in place.

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Notes

1.     Universities UK (UUK) is the collective voice of 137 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to create the conditions for UK universities to be the best in the world; maximising their positive impact locally, nationally and globally. Universities UK acts on behalf of universities, represented by their heads of institution. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk.

2.     A film featuring celebrity supporters of National Graduates Day will be published on Universities UK's Twitter feed at 9am on 30 July 2020.

3.     National Graduates Day is part of Universities UK's #WeAreTogether campaign, launched in April to showcase all the ways universities are helping fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive global community.

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