[Press and Publications] University of Leicester Honours Distinguished Scientists

February 2001

No 12

More than 1,000 postgraduate students will celebrate success at the University of Leicester when they are awarded their postgraduate degrees on 6 February.

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

The honorary graduands of the University of Leicester are:


Professor Susan Greenfield CBE, Professor of Pharmacology and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. Professor Greenfield has been Director of the Royal Institution since 1998 and is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Cultural and Creative Education and a Trustee of the Science Museum. Much of her work has involved publicising science. Her husband, Professor Peter Atkins, is a member of the University of Leicester Court.


Dr Bruce Smith CBE, Chairman of the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and Systems Engineering, Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Council and Chairman of the National Space Science Centre. Dr Smith is a graduate of Christ Church, Oxford, and has a wealth of experience in scientific industry. He is Chairman of Industrial Technology Securities Ltd and has served on the executive committee of the Parliamentary Space Committee.

Dr Smith said: It is a great pleasure and privilege to receive the Honorary Degree of DSc from the University of Leicester. I am delighted to be able to strengthen the link with the University that I have already made through the National Space Science Centre.

The University of Leicester and the City Council are co-founders of the 52 million Space Centre, due to open later this year, which is sponsored by the Millennium Commission.

A total of 1,003 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 second biggest provider of taught postgraduate degrees in the UK with nearly 5000 students from over 115 countries reading for degrees by this method.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, said: "We are delighted to honour Professor Greenfield and Dr Smith whose achievements have contributed so much to the advancement of society. They offer excellent role models for the University's students.

Note to News and Picture Desks: The postgraduate degree congregation starts at 2.30pm on Tuesday February 6 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 (i.e. 4pm). Professor Greenfield and Dr Smith will also be available for brief interviews then.

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