Wednesday 21 July, 3 pm Faculties of Science and Medicine and Biological Sciences
Honorary Degrees : Professor Sir Keith Peters, Dr Philip Campbell
Thursday 22 July, 11 am Faculties of the Social Sciences and Law
Honorary Degree: Mr Tim Appleton
Thursday 22 July, 3 pm Faculties of Arts and Education and Continuing Studies
Honorary Degree : Professor Dame Gillian Beer
Friday 23 July, 11 am Faculty of the Social Sciences
Honorary Degrees: Mr Chris Moon, Mr Raymond Seitz, Professor Sir Anthony Wrigley
Friday 23 July, 3 pm Faculties of Arts and Science
Honorary Degrees: Dr Ken Edwards, Professor Fred Leckie. Sir Richard Sykes
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More information follows:
Press Release on numbers graduating
Biographical notes on the honorands
Releases on individual students
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.
Leicester University is to confer honorary degrees on ten people of national and international renown in July.
The honorands are drawn from the worlds of academia, medicine, science and industry. Among them are former Leicester students as well as Dr Ken Edwards who is to retire in September 1999 after 12 years as Vice-Chancellor.
Returning to the University will be Mr Chris Moon who is an active campaigner against the use of land mines, having lost an arm and a leg on a mine-clearing mission. Scientists to receive degrees include Dr Philip Campbell, Editor of Nature; Professor Fred Leckie of the Department of Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; Professor Sir Keith Peters, FRS, Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge; and 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 is among the honorands as are Professor Sir Anthony Wrigley, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; the former US Ambassador to Britain Mr Raymond Seitz, now Vice-Chairman of Lehman; and the industrialist Sir Richard Sykes, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo Wellcome.
The Vice-Chancellor Dr Ken Edwards said: "Degree ceremonies are very important events in our calendar and the July ceremonies in particular represent the culmination of the academic year. Our own students, who will be graduating at these ceremonies, can enjoy their success and can share the occasion with our honorary graduands who have achieved distinction in their lives in a wide range of activities. These include academic life, business activities and public life; they range from local services to international contributions. By honouring such a variety of activities the University demonstrates its wide commitment to society.
"Accounts of the achievements of our honorary graduands which will be presented by the public orators will, we hope, stimulate our own students who are graduating at the same ceremonies to look forward to fulfilment and achievement in their own lives and careers."
The following are recipients of Honorary Degrees from Leicester University at the degree ceremonies to be held in July 1999:
Mr Tim Appleton, Master of Science
Professor Dame Gillian Beer, Doctor of Letters
Dr Philip Campbell, Doctor of Science
Dr Ken Edwards, Doctor of Laws
Professor Fred Leckie, Doctor of Science
Mr Chris Moon, Master of Laws
Professor Sir Keith Peters, Doctor of Science
Mr Raymond Seitz, Doctor of Laws
Sir Richard Sykes, Doctor of Science
Professor Sir Anthony Wrigley, Doctor of Letters
Mr Tim Appleton is the Manager of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve. In his early career he worked at Westbury Wildlife Park and was asked by Peter Scott to become Warden at the Peakirk Wildfowl Trust. He then became Deputy Curator at the Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust. In 1975 he was appointed as Manager of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve and whilst his main interests are ornithological, he has developed the Nature Reserve in very many other ways. He is an adviser to the Wildlife Trust and has been elected to the Council of the British Ornithological Union.
Professor Dame Gillian Beer is the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge and President of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She was educated at St Anne's College, Oxford where she was awarded an MA and BLitt and became an Honorary Fellow in 1990. She was also awarded a LittD by Cambridge. She was appointed Assistant Lecturer at Cambridge in 1966 and became Professor of English in 1989. She has also taught at London and Liverpool universities. She was a Fellow of Girton College between 1965 and 1994 and was Vice-President of the British Academy from 1994-96.
Dr Philip Campbell has been the Editor of Nature since 1995. He was educated at Bristol University, Queen Mary College, London and the University of Leicester where he was awarded his PhD in ionospheric physics. He was a postdoctoral research assistant in the Department of Physics between 1977 and 1979 and then became Assistant Editor of Nature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Dr Ken Edwards has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester since 1987. He was Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) from 1993 to 1995, and is currently a member of the Council of CVCP and Chairs its Medical Committee and its Research Policy Committee. He is President of the Association of European Universities (CRE), Chairman of the Governing Body of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER), a member of the Governing Body of Sheffield Hallam University and a member of the Council of the Open University. From 1991 to 1994 he was a member of the Trent Regional Health Authority and from 1994 to 1998 he was a member of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Professor Fred Leckie is Professor of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. He has had a long and distinguished academic career having been appointed to a lectureship in Cambridge in 1958 and became Professor of Engineering at Leicester University in 1968, his major interest being high temperature design for pressure vessels. In 1979 he went to the University of Illinois and subsequently moved to Santa Barbara as Head of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Leckie returned to Leicester for a short period in 1997 as Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Engineering.
Mr Chris Moon is a graduate of the Scarman Centre, having been awarded an MSc in Security Management and Information Technology in 1996. He was formerly a Captain in the Royal Anglian Regiment until he lost his lower right arm and a leg on a mine clearing mission in Mozambique in 1995. Since then he has run several marathons wearing an artificial leg and in 1997 completed the 144-mile Sahara Marathon. He was captain of the team running for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund at the 1998 London Marathon. He lit the torch at the Winter Olympics in Japan and in 1997 received the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation's People of the Year award. He is managing his own security business in London.
Professor Sir Keith Peters has been Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge since 1987. He is also a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. He became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1964 and a Fellow in 1975. Prior to taking up his present appointment, he held posts at the United Cardiff Hospitals, the Welsh National School of Medicine and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School where he was Professor of Medicine and Director of the Department of Medicine from 1977 to 1987. He was Knighted in 1993.
Mr Raymond Seitz was educated at Yale University where he was awarded a BA in History. He was the US Ambassador to the UK between 1991 and 1994 being the first career diplomat to be appointed to that position. Prior to that appointment his distinguished career included positions as Executive Assistant to Secretary, George P Schultz in Washington between 1982 and 1984 and Minister and Deputy Chief of Missions for the US Embassy in London between 1989 and 1991. He was Senior Managing Director of Lehman Brothers between 1995 and 1996 and has been Vice-Chairman since 1996. He was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal, RSA, in 1996.
Sir Richard Sykes has been Chairman, since 1997, and Chief Executive, since 1993, of Glaxo Wellcome and was Deputy Chairman between 1993-7. He was Knighted in 1994. He is President of the British Association, a member of the Council for Science and Technology, the Advisory Committee on Human Genome Research and the Advisory Council for Save British Science, the Trade Policy Forum, the Council for Industry and Higher Education, and was a member of the Dearing Committee. He is Chairman, since 1994, of the Taskforce for Inward Investment in the UK Pharmaceutical Industry, a member of the CBI's President's Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Natural History Museum and Vice-President of the National Society for Epilepsy.
Professor Sir Anthony Wrigley is Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and was Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge from 1994-7. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and its President since 1997. He was educated at King's School, Macclesfield, and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was awarded an MA and PhD. In 1953 he became the William Volker Research Fellow at the University of Chicago and was Lecturer in Geography at the University of Cambridge. He was a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, between 1958 and 1974. He held various positions during this time and was also Co-Director of the Cambridge Group for History of Population and Social Structure. In 1979 he became Professor of Population Studies at the London School of Economics. In 1992 he moved to All Souls College, Oxford, as Senior Research Fellow and was Academic Secretary between 1992 and 1994. He was President of the Economic History Society from 1995-8. Publications include : Industrial Growth and Population Change (1961), Nineteenth-Century Society (1972), People, Cities and Wealth (1987), The Industrial Revolutions (1994).
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