January 2000

No 7

University honours Midlands achievers

Hundreds of postgraduate students will celebrate success at the University of Leicester when they are awarded their second or third degrees on 3 February.

The University of Leicester will honour two distinguished people associated with the Midlands at the Postgraduate Degree Congregation held at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

The honorary graduands of the University of Leicester are:


Mr Mario Illien -Technical Director of Ilmor Engineering, a company in Northampton which builds racing car engines. He is an outstanding engineer and is world-renowned for his engine designs. He designed the engine for the winners of the 1998 and 1999 Formula 1 World Championships.


Professor Brian Simon - Emeritus Professor of the University of Leicester. He was a member of the School of Education from 1956-1980 and has an international reputation as an historian and educationalist. Particularly interested in the practice of teaching in primary schools in postwar Britian, he championed the cause of education for all, observing the limitations of IQ testing and the streaming of children according to ability in schools.

A total of 870 postgraduate degrees will be conferred at the degree congregation. The first graduands from the MA in Archaeology and Heritage by distance learning will graduate at this ceremony.

A spokesperson for the University said: "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. The 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."

  • The University of Leicester is holding a Postgraduate Fair on February 14 to highlight the opportunities available for self-advancement through professional qualifications. The University of Leicester is the third largest provider of taught postgraduate education in the UK and hosts 10 specialist postgraduate research centres. There is a wide breadth of opportunities with 120 degree courses and a wide range of research options.
  • NOTE TO NEWSDESKS: The degree ceremony takes place at 2.30pm on 3 February at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

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