Senior figures from business, industry, medicine, academia and music have spoken of their delight at being honoured by the University of Leicester this week (July 19-21).
Eleven people of national and international repute are to receive honorary degrees from the University in degree congregations at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
This year's honorands include a number of people with past and present links with the City and University of Leicester.
The University’s honorands are:
Following are quotes supplied by the honorands:
Dame Bridget Ogilvie: “I appreciate the singular honour that the University is conferring upon me and I greatly value it. Universities such as Leicester are one of the UK’s great strengths. Currently the Government seems determined to undervalue their importance and their achievements in the face of continual reductions in funds available to them for their key function, training the next generation. Recognition such as this strengthens my resolve to continually highlight their importance and magnificent achievements and productivity, so essential for UK plc in the age of knowledge-based economies of the 21st century.
Mr Gautam Bodiwala: “I am honoured and humbled. This is a recognition of all my staff and the speciality.”
Mr Reg Carr: “I am particularly delighted by this award of an honorary doctorate because I see it not simply as a personal accolade for the contribution I have been fortunate to be able to make to the development of global information services for the higher education community, but also as a recognition of the crucial part played by libraries generally in the whole academic enterprise of teaching, learning and research.”
Professor Jules LaPidus: “Historically, universities have provided a unique setting and a particular context for higher education, one that may well define their role in an uncertain future. At their core, they have been more about education than training, more about knowledge than information, and, ultimately, more about scholarship than research. In each case, the difference is whether the acquisition of specialised learning is considered as an end in itself, or as the beginning of a process that leads to a higher level of understanding. That implies that information is the raw material – the first step – in a more complicated process that often starts with the questions ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ – develops with the questions ‘So What?’ and ‘What If?’- and never ends at all.”
Sir Herman Ouseley: “I am grateful to the University of Leicester for conferring this honorary degree, which is a tremendous accolade in recognition on my work in public service and race relations in the UK. Leicester is a city of great cultural diversity and I am proud to receive this award.”
Professor Gerald Bernbaum: “I am delighted to receive this honour from a university where I have so many valued friends and colleagues.”
Professor Anthony Giddens: “My first job when I graduated from LSE was as a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. So I am really pleased and honoured to be coming back to the University to receive this award.”
Dame Felicity Lott: “I am thrilled and delighted to receive this honour from the University of Leicester, where I sang my first Elvira and my first Fiordiligi!”
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