Thousands of University of Leicester students will be lining up at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, to receive their degrees between 21 and 23 July 1999. Many families and friends from around the world will be present for the ceremonies, which mark the culmination of years of higher education.

Approximately 2,140 students will receive first degrees. Degrees will also be conferred on approximately 1,200 postgraduate students.

The degrees will be conferred at different ceremonies by the Chancellor of the University, Sir Michael Atiyah, and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Kenneth Edwards.

Dr Edwards said: "I would like to congratulate all of Leicester University's new graduates on the award of their degrees, and wish them well in their future careers. I know how hard they have all worked to secure their degrees; some have had to overcome financial and personal hardship in completing their courses.

"The excellent overall set of results reflects both the ability and application of our students and the quality of Leicester University's teaching and learning, which have been consistently highly rated by the Quality Assurance Agency in its rigorous subject-based quality assessments."

Receiving honorary degrees at the various congregations are: Mr Tim Appleton, Manager of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve; Professor Dame Gillian Beer, DBE, FBA, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge; Dr Philip Campbell, Editor of Nature; Dr Ken Edwards, Vice-Chancellor of Leicester University who retires in September; Professor Fred Leckie, Department of Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; Mr Chris Moon, a former Captain in the Royal Anglian Regiment, now an active campaigner against the use of land mines; Professor Sir Keith Peters, FRS, Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge; The Honourable Raymond Seitz, former US Ambassador to the UK; Sir Richard Sykes, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo Wellcome; and Professor Sir Anthony Wrigley, FBA, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Dr Edwards added: "Honouring individuals who have achieved distinction in their careers and given great service to the community is an integral part of our Degree ceremonies and adds lustre to what is a very happy occasion for all those graduating.

"Degree ceremonies are very important events in our calendar and represent the culmination of the academic year. Students whose degrees will be conferred at the various ceremonies will have the opportunity to listen to the many honorands speak about their careers.

"The Degree ceremonies provide an opportunity for the University as a whole to demonstrate something of its achievements in producing its graduates and also to state its values."

More than 8,450 students from over 80 countries undertake full-time study at the University, with over 5,000 more reading for Leicester degrees by distance learning, some of whom will also be graduating at these ceremonies. The University of Leicester is one of the leading providers of postgraduate distance learning courses in the country.

Notable graduates from this University include businesswoman Carol Galley, television presenter Sue Cook, ITN journalist Michael Nicholson, astronomer Heather Couper, Chief Medical Officer Professor Liam Donaldson, British High Commissioner to India Sir Rob Young, authors CP Snow and Malcolm Bradbury and a number of MPs.

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