than 1,100 postgraduate students will celebrate success at the University of
Leicester when they are awarded their degrees on 7 February.
University of Leicester will honour two distinguished people at the Postgraduate
Degree Congregation held at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
DOCTOR OF LETTERS
TIM PIGOTT-SMITH: The
actor and director’s career has encompassed both stage and screen. He recently
featured in ITV’s Bloody Sunday broadcast on January 20 and now on
worldwide cinema release. The
BAFTA award winning actor (Best TV Actor The Jewel in The Crown) has
previously performed in Leicester and has acted in films including Innocents,
Clash of the Titans, Life Story (Best TV Film, BAFTA) and Escape to
featured in Merchant Ivory’s The Remains of the Day and he will soon be seen in Shekhar Kapur’s
The Four Feathers. He is a regular
performer of Shakespeare with the RSC and at the National Theatre, and he
appeared in The Iceman Cometh in the
West End and on Broadway, alongside Kevin Spacey. His television credits include Kavanagh QC,
The Vice, Dr Who, The Wilderness Years, North and South and The Chief.
DEAN RICHARDS, MBE:
Richards was born in Nuneaton and played in age-group rugby for the Nuneaton
club while attending John Cleveland College in Hinckley. He joined Leicester
Tigers and made his debut at Neath in 1982. His England debut was in March 1986
against Ireland at Twickenham where he became the first player in 57 years to
score two tries on an England debut. In 1989 he toured Australia with the
British Lions. During the Leicester versus Barbarians game at Christmas 1995 he
became only the second Tigers forward to score 100 tries for the club - the
other being David Matthews. Dean has been involved in all Leicester’s league
title wins, as a player in ‘88, as captain in ‘95 and as manager in the
‘98/‘99 & ‘99/’00, ‘00/’01 seasons. He is the world’s
most-capped No. 8. He is currently the club's Director
total of 1,184 students will gain their postgraduate qualifications, some of who
will have read for degrees by distance learning and will visit Leicester for the
first time with their families. The
University is the biggest provider of taught postgraduate degrees in the UK with
nearly 5000 students from over 115 countries reading for degrees by this method.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, said: "I am delighted to
congratulate all our graduates on their splendid achievements. The University is
pleased to honour Dean Richards and Tim Pigott-Smith whose contributions to
their respective fields have been so notable. They offer excellent role models
for the University's students.”
find below details of graduates who have supplied information to the Press
Office and you may wish to follow up.
to News and Picture Desks: The postgraduate degree congregation starts at 2.30pm
on February 7 at De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Photos are permitted at any time
during the ceremony and access backstage for posed shots is permitted only AFTER
the ceremony, which lasts approx. 90 minutes (ie
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John Coombs, born in 1928 is possibly the oldest graduands attending the
February congregation. He has gained
an MA as a Distance Learning student in the School or Archaeology and
Ancient History. For more information
please contact Alan McWhirr on
Mr Nigel Siesage, Principal Assistant Registrar will be a marshal on stage at the ceremony where his wife Susan will gain her MBA in Educational Management. Mr Siesage can be contacted on 0116 252 2961.
Reverend Jimmy Browne has received his MBA in MA Psychodynamic Counselling
(please see information attached).
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