[Press & Publications] Students to Celebrate Achievement at Degree Congregations

July 2000

No 140

More than 3,000 students will celebrate success at the University of Leicester when they are awarded their degrees on July 19, 20 and 21. Many friends and families from around the world will be present for the ceremonies.

Approximately 2,250 undergraduate students will receive their Bachelor’s degrees while higher degrees will also be conferred on approximately 1,100 postgraduate students.

The degrees will be conferred at six ceremonies by the Chancellor of the University, Sir Michael Atiyah, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess.

Professor Burgess said: “I would like to congratulate all of the University’s new graduates. The excellent results reflect both the ability of our students, and the quality of the University’s teaching and research. The University’s teaching has been consistently rated excellent by the Quality Assurance Agency in its rigorous subject-based quality assessments. The University of Leicester has also been placed in the top 20 institutions for research grant and contract income.

“The skills, attributes and abilities of these graduates will enable them to make a decisive impact on their chosen careers in the knowledge-based economy. We wish them every success and, in the age of lifelong learning, we are confident that many of our graduates will return to update their professional skills and knowledge.”

Receiving honorary degrees at the various congregations are:

  • Professor Gerald Bernbaum (LLD), Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive, South Bank University
  • Mr Gautam Bodiwala (DSc), Consultant Surgeon, Leicester Royal Infirmary and clinical teacher at the University of Leicester
  • Dr Sue Campbell, MBE (DLitt), Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust
  • Mr Reg Carr (DLitt), Director, University Library Services & Bodley's Librarian, University of Oxford
  • Professor Anthony Giddens (DLitt), Director of the London School of Economics
  • Professor Jules LaPidus (LLD), President of the US Council of Graduate Schools
  • Dame Felicity Lott, DBE (DMus), Soprano
  • Dr Tom McKillop (DSc), Director and Chief Executive of AstraZeneca
  • Dame Bridget Ogilvie, DBE, FMedSci (DSc), Director of AstraZeneca and former Director of the Wellcome Trust
  • Sir Herman Ouseley (LLD), Former Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality
  • Sir John Stevens, QPM (LLD), Commissioner, Metropolitan Police.
  • Professor Burgess 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. Many of our honorary graduates have been closely associated with the University and its work.

    “Degree ceremonies are very important events in our calendar and represent the culmination of the academic year. The ceremonies provide an opportunity for the University to demonstrate its achievements and to celebrate its many successes.”

    NOTE TO NEWSDESKS: The degree ceremonies take place at 11am and 3pm from July 19-21 at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.


  • Established as a University College in 1921. Royal Charter, giving own degree-awarding powers, granted in 1957
  • Over 120 undergraduate degree courses and more than 100 postgraduate degree programmes
  • Second largest provider of taught postgraduate courses in the UK (Financial Times, 2000)
  • More than 5,000 students on postgraduate distance learning courses
  • Among top 20 universities in UK for research income (Sunday Times, 2000)
  • Houses Europe’s biggest university-based space research groups and co-founded the National Space Science Centre
  • Pioneering discovery of DNA genetic fingerprinting
  • 17,000 students
  • 94% of first time graduates entered employment or pursued training/research/interests
  • 98% of postgraduates entered employment or pursued training/research/interests
  • University has annual turnover of £116 million

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