15 November 2013 - This story is in archive

Over 4,400 new graduates, their proud parents and friends have been invited to celebrate academic success in St Albans next week alongside twenty other notable high achievers such as Comedian, Helen Lederer and Paralympic footballer, David Clarke.

Appreciation

At the annual Awards Ceremonies at the Abbey in St Albans, the University will show its appreciation to 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; Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor; Professor Ian Campbell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Mr. Richard Beazley, Pro Chancellor.

Very proud

These ceremonies form part of the recognition that the University awards all of its students following their hard work.  We are very proud of our graduates and hope that they, along with their family and friends, will enjoy a day of celebration in the city of St Albans," says Mrs Sue Grant, Secretary and Registrar at the University of Hertfordshire who leads the academic procession at the ceremonies. "The University has a high graduate employment rate in the region, so we are proud that our graduates are continuing to make a positive contribution to the local economy."

Honorary Awards and Fellowships

Helen Lederer - In recognition of her outstanding contribution as a Comedian, Columnist and Broadcaster and as one of the University's most distinguished alumnus. 

David Clarke - A Paralympic footballer and one of the UK's top goal scorers.  Awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British Paralympic (blind) football in particular and his contribution to the broader community. 

Paul Welsh MBE - In recognition of his work as founder of the Elstree Screen Heritage group, a volunteer group dedicated to preserve the legacy of Hertfordshire's film and television industry.

Faye White MBE - Former captain of Arsenal Ladies for the enormous contribution made to the development of women's football in the UK and her commitment to the continuing development of football at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Dr Brian Pearce - Deputy director, the School of Pharmacy at London University and an alumnus of the University of Hertfordshire in recognition of his contribution to the development of Pharmacology education.

Paul Gershlick - Local pharmaceuticals and life science lawyer in recognition of his contribution to the development of commercial law in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. 

John Harvey - An alumnus of the University and in recognition of his distinguished record as a poet, novelist, dramatist and broadcaster. 

Viscount Simon - Deputy speaker and chairman in the House of Lords in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road safety and security and his support of the University's research in Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.

Sir Stuart Matthews - An alumnus of the University of Hertfordshire where he studied aeronautical and mechanical engineering at Hatfield Technical College, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Aviation Industry.

Peter Waghorn - Former chairman of Welwyn Wheelers, the club that has trained three Olympians for his significant contribution to the development of cycling within the County of Hertfordshire. 

Stelio Stefanou OBE DL - Founder and chairman of the Stefanou Foundation which invests in projects with potential social and economic impact in recognition of his enormous contribution and his charitable work within the County of Hertfordshire. 

Dr Sam Moorhead - The National Finds Advisor for Iron Age and Roman coins at the British Museum and author on numismatics.  Awarded for his distinguished contribution to the development of Roman archaeology and his on-going contribution to the study of Roman coinage within the County of Hertfordshire.

Professor Sir Tim Wilson DL - Former vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire for his pioneering work in the field of business and university collaboration and for transforming Hertfordshire into the UK's first and foremost business-facing university.

Terry Neville - Former deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire for his instrumental work in managing infrastructure projects such as the de Havilland campus and for his outstanding work in the development of the University.

Jonathan Symonds CBE - In recognition of his achievements as an alumnus of the University and his contribution to the world of Financial Services, currently as Chief Financial Officer at Novartis UK. 

Timothy Parfitt – An alumnus of the University of Hertfordshire for the significant contribution he has made to the business-facing activity of the University through his work and mentoring activities as Managing Director of Netcel Ltd., and Hertfordshire.Com. 

Margaret Wade - Founder of Matrix Training Consultancy which delivers the University's Early Years Foundation Degree Course in East Anglia, in recognition of her contribution to the development of the pre-school sector. 

Dato' Azmil Khalid - A distinguished alumnus of the University of Hertfordshire and president & CEO of the Alloy MTD Group, a multi-national Malaysian-owned company.  Awarded in recognition of these achievements in business and industry.

Nikki King OBE - Managing director, Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd, in recognition of her contribution as one of the leading business women in Hertfordshire and her inspiration through her lectures to students and staff of the University. 

Stewart Carmichael -  An alumnus of the University and Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of J.P. Morgan's Asia Pacific arm, in recognition of his significant achievements in banking and investments.

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, graduates and their guests are encouraged to use public transport and the University runs a free shuttle bus service for them from Butterfly World in Chiswell Green, which is used as a park and ride for guests who travel by car.

The ceremonies begin on Monday 18 November and finish on Friday 22 November.