Top of the class graduate Gina in the market to help next generation of digital whizz-kids

An award-winning graduate from BPP University Business School wants to help young entrepreneurs master digital marketing.

Gina Rodriguez finished top of the class with a distinction in The International Institute of Marketing Professionals (IIMP®)-accredited MSc International Marketing degree programme.

The Colombian was also presented with the ‘Outstanding Performance’ and ‘Highest Performing Professional’ awards at BPP University’s November graduation ceremony in 2015.

“It was a great honour to be recognised. I feel very proud to have achieved the highest marks not only in the course but among the Business School students,” said Gina, originally from Bogota.

Following the 34-year-old’s success, Gina has been honoured with the IIMP® Collegiate Scholarship to enter the Certified Marketing Management Professional (CMMP®) programme. This scholarship means the Colombian graduate can use her expertise to help the next generation of entrepreneurs who are keen to develop their marketing skills.

“The scholarship means I can continue to get business advice from BPP University Business School and that I will be able to keep working with my BPP University adviser, Charlene McKinney, to push forward my business plan to help young entrepreneurs develop their digital marketing skills.”

Former nanny Gina immigrated to England seven years ago to pursue her professional dream of marketing.

She has since completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2013 and earned two awards in Strategic Direction and Strategic Management & Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute in 2015.

Gina admitted it was a daunting prospect to leave her friends and family in Colombia to fly thousands of miles to England where she didn’t know anyone or the language.

“I took some English lessons to help, but there were other differences that took me a while to get used to like the weather and food,” said Gina, who lives in Canada Water, London.

“In time, I got used to everything and grew to love London. I love its multicultural environment and it has given me so many opportunities.”

Nearly half of the 11,000 students at BPP University are international and Gina believes that if you have the right attitude, you can succeed in the UK.

“My advice would be to spend time with English-speaking peers so that you improve your language and social skills. I would take up the opportunity to liaise as much as possible with your personal tutor and student representative. My personal tutor at BPP University Business School was Felicia Tick and she helped me greatly. I’d also recommend international students attend as many networking events as possible. Connections are key, particularly in London, and the bigger your network, the more success you will get,” said Gina.

On her future, she added: “I’ve secured another sponsorship with BPP University, this time under the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme to develop my business idea so I’m very optimistic and believe that my drive and determination will take me far in my career.

“Other students can achieve what I have if they have the right passion and determination. I see my business going down the right path because I’ve been listening to the market and I’m excited for the future.”


Notes to editors

BPP University Business School is one of four schools within BPP University. We pride ourselves on offering degrees with professional qualifications in accountancy, banking, finance, HR, management and marketing.

 BPP University Business School has a well-earned reputation for delivering high quality professional courses combined with academic rigour. Our academic courses have been successfully delivered to a number of students and clients over the years including Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, KPMG and Simmons and Simmons. Our Management courses also attract students from over 50 countries.


BPP University ( is the largest professional education provider in Europe. We are an independent university dedicated to business and the professions. Our programmes are designed in partnership with employers and respected professionals in the fields of law, business, finance and health.

BPP University is an independent university with over 11,000 students at a number of city centre study centres across the UK such as London, Manchester and Birmingham. We welcome more than 4,500 international students from across the globe.

BPP University is a UK degree awarding body providing its own awards through four schools: BPP University Law School, BPP University Business School, BPP University School of Health and BPP University School of Foundation and English Language Studies. BPP University also offers some programmes of study leading to the awards of other bodies. BPP University has centres throughout the UK. It was awarded the Education Investor award for Post-16 Education Provider of the Year in 2010 and the Education Investor’s award for Higher or Professional Education Provider of the Year in 2013.


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