University of Leicester eBulletin

Degree Double for Bishop and Daughter

January 2003
No 17

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: There will be a photo opportunity of Bishop Tim and his daughter Rachel after the ceremony on Friday, January 24 at approximately 12.45pm at De Montfort Hall, Leicester

There will be great excitement in the home of the Bishop of Leicester on Friday, January 24, as both the Right Reverend Tim Stevens and his 24-year-old daughter, Rachel, will be receiving degrees from the University of Leicester. The Bishop will be awarded an honorary doctorate for 'notable contribution in his field' together with 3 other distinguished people and 1,400 postgraduate students during two ceremonies at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

Bishop Tim will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters and Rachel will receive her MSc in Social Research at the ceremony that begins at 11.30am. A spokesperson for the University of Leicester said, “We’ve had parent and child graduations before, but this is certainly the first time we’ve ever had a Bishop with his daughter.”

Rachel’s dissertation was about ‘Race Relations in Leicester’ and she conducted extensive research amongst community leaders to ascertain if Leicester really lived up to its reputation as a city of harmony. She commented, “I very much enjoyed doing my post-graduate course and feel I learned  a lot from it.The ceremony will be particularly special because Dad will be receiving such important recognition for his work too.”

Bishop Tim said, “I am proud and honoured to be receiving this doctorate, although I suspect the 1,400 students who will be graduating on Friday might feel it’s come rather too easily to me – my daughter included!"   

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