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:
DOCTOR OF SCIENCE
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.
DOCTOR OF LETTERS
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."
NOTE TO NEWSDESKS: The degree ceremony takes place at 2.30pm on 3 February at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
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