4 June 2013

Over 4,000 new graduates, their proud parents and friends have been invited to celebrate academic success in St Albans next week when the annual Awards Ceremony for the University of Hertfordshire takes place at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban.

At this time, the University will also show its appreciation to sixteen pillars of the community by awarding Honorary Degrees and Fellowships for outstanding contribution to academic disciplines, charity, professions or public service - presented by Lord Salisbury, Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire; Mrs Jo Connell, Pro Chancellor of the University and Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor.

“These ceremonies are the ultimate recognition that the University can award its students following their hard work.” Says Philip Waters, Secretary and Registrar at the University of Hertfordshire who leads the academic procession at the ceremonies. “This year our honorary awards are recognising one of the UK’s most respected goalkeepers, Mr David James, the former Bishop of Hertford, the Right Reverend Christopher Foster and award-winning playwright and television dramatist, Mr Tony Marchant.”

Honorary Awards and Fellowships will be awarded to:

  • Mr David James, for his outstanding contribution as a goalkeeper and for his role in the development of youth football in the community. 
  • Mr Larry Elliott, Economics Editor of the Guardian, for his contribution to advancing understanding of economic issues.
  • Mr Tony Marchant, one of Britain’s most distinguished playwrights for his commitment to creative ambition and integrity in British drama. 
  • Mr Jan Harlan, one of the most prominent executive film producers of his generation for his outstanding contribution to the film industry and to film history and education. 
  • Professor John Burland, CBE, a civil engineer recognised for giving lifelong service to civil engineering, research, practice and education.
  • Mrs Jean Monteiro, a long serving representative in Malaysia, for her outstanding contribution to the links between the University and Malaysia. 
  • Mr Howard Burrell, an Emeritus Professor as a tribute to his many creative talents and achievements and his outstanding contribution to the University’s music and arts activities and its wider community. 
  • Dr Wang Kim Ha of SmartReader® Worldwide, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to pre-school education, and the development of teacher training and entrepreneurship in Malaysia.
  • Dr Steve Stott, an Emeritus Professor, for his outstanding contribution to the development of the University and particularly to the study of computer science.
  • The Right Reverend Christopher Foster, who is also the Bishop of Portsmouth for his considerable contribution made both to the Hertfordshire community and to the University. 
  • Ms Naomi Simmons, an author of English language teaching for her contribution to teaching English through story-based approaches and songs
  • Mr Philip Mayo, a respected businessman for his outstanding contribution to business engineering.
  • Mr Fateh Singh Bhinder, an Emeritus Professor for his outstanding contribution to engineering research, the development of industry links throughout the world, and for his genuine devotion to his students. 
  • Mr Iain Nicolson, a specialist in astronomy for the major contribution he has made overall to public understanding of astronomy.
  • Professor Thom Hanahoe, an Emeritus Professor for his contribution to health activity within the University and his current work as Chairman of the West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust. 
  • Dr Paul Robinson, Medical Director at Merck, Sharp & Dohme, for his contribution to the development of pharmaceutical research in the UK, and for his continued support to the University’s School of Pharmacy.

Philip Waters adds, “For the University, this is always a special time of year as people travel to St Albans from all over the world to take part in this celebration of academic success. To minimise the impact of the extra traffic, we encourage our visitors to use public transport and we are running a shuttle bus service for them from Butterfly World in Chiswell Green, which we use as a park and ride for those who travel by car.”

he ceremonies begin on Tuesday 15 November and finish on Friday 18 November.