[Press and Publications] Honorary Graduands at the University of Leicester

July 2001

No. 76

Eleven people will receive honorary degrees at the University of Leicester summer degree congregations to be held at the De Montfort Hall, Wednesday 11 July to Friday 13 July.

Many of the distinguished recipients from different walks of life have strong associations with the city and region, as well as the University itself.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, said: We are delighted to honour a group of people whose diverse achievements have contributed so much to the business, medical, social and academic communities. Many of this year's honorary graduands have a special link with the University and the City. They are excellent role models for students who are graduating this year.

The honorands are:

Wednesday 11 July : morning

Mrs Jean Humphreys, (MA), honoured for her contributions to the development of the University of Leicester for over 50 years

Sir John Robertson (Sir Rob) Young, KCMG, (LLD), British High Commissioner to India and graduate of the University of Leicester

Wednesday 11 July : afternoon

Dr Hugh Greenwood, OBE, (LLD), businessman, honoured for his contributions to child health worldwide

Professor Colin Humphreys, FREng, (DSc), Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge

Thursday 12 July : morning

Dr John Taylor, OBE, FRS, FEng, (DSc), Director General of the Research Councils, and former Director of Hewlett Packard Laboratories

Mrs Elvy Morton, (LLM), who has contributed to community relations in Leicester and has organised the African-Caribbean Carnival for 17 years

Thursday 12 July : afternoon

Mr Gerry Cinderby, (LLD), Member of the University's Council who served as Treasurer from 1995 to 1999

Friday 13 July : morning

Professor Jack Spence, (DLitt), Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) from 1991-97, and former Professor of Politics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester

Mr Richard Pearson, (DLitt), distinguished economist, Director of the Institute for Employment Studies and a graduate of the University of Leicester

Friday 13 July : afternoon

Professor Liam Donaldson, (DSc), Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, and former Lecturer in Community Health and Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at the University of Leicester

Professor Sir Brian Follett, FRS, (DSc), former Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick, honoured for his contribution to Biological Science

Please find following a selection of quotes from this year's honorands:

The University of Leicester has had a very formative influence on my life and career. I feel deeply privileged to be receiving an Honorary LLD. It will strengthen my links with and affection for the University. Sir John Robertson (Sir Rob) Young, KCMG

I am pleased to return to Leicester and to see it play its role as a major university, helping the community and the economy. Mr Richard Pearson

I am delighted to receive an honorary degree from the University of Leicester where I spent 18 very happy years. Professor Jack Spence

I am delighted that the University has chosen to recognise my contribution to its governance by this award of an honorary degree. The University is continually improving its performance and thus gaining recognition as one of the top academic institutions in the UK. Mr Gerry Cinderby

It has been a rare pleasure and privilege to be in at the birth of a university and to see it grow through succeeding stages to the large and flourishing institution it is today. I have known some of the people whose generosity and vision created the University College, and all of the Principals and Vice-Chancellors who guided it on its way from 1947 to this day. Mrs Jean Humphreys

I am delighted to be receiving this honorary degree from the University of Leicester for my work in materials science. My research has involved using a beam of electrons for ultra-small writing so that the entire contents of Encyclopaedia Britannica can be written on a pinhead. My current work involves new materials which emit brilliant light of all colours. It may be possible to make a light-bulb which consumes much less energy than at present and which lasts for 60 years. Professor Colin Humphreys, FREng

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