Alumni & friends

Welcome to our Honorary Graduates

Tue Jul 10 13:05:00 BST 2012

Graduation processionWe are pleased to welcome our most recent Honorary Graduates to the alumni community following the summer 2012 Graduation Ceremonies.

David Embleton received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. A former Pro-Chancellor at the University, David has set up several very successful businesses in Bath, including Eden Ventures, an early stage technology investment company, and is a trustee of the Holburne Museum.

Howard Nicholson received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Howard has been the University Librarian since 1992 and has led the library through a period of momentous change in its function and role, particularly in the area of digital libraries. He also jointly pioneered the country’s first 24-hour university library at the University.

Ian Sutherland received an honorary degree of Master of Arts. The first director of Julian House, the leading provider of services to the homeless in Bath & North East Somerset, Ian has also founded Barnabas House, which encourages people to readjust to the demands of independent living.

Professor Jim Norton received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. As well as an impressive career as an independent director, policy adviser and public speaker, particularly in the realm of communications, Professor Norton is also a Visiting Professor of Electronic Engineering at Sheffield University.

Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Mohamed Salleh bin Mohamed Yasin received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. After completing his PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Bath, Professor Salleh went on to become the Vice-Chancellor at the National University of Malaysia. He was also appointed Founding Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health.

Christopher Holmes MBE received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. After losing his sight at the age of 14, Chris has gone on to become Britain’s most successful athletes, winning a total of nine Paralympic gold medals. Until recently a commercial lawyer, Chris is heavily involved in London 2012, as well as being a Patron for several charities.

Antonio Horta-Osório received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Previously Chief executive of Santander UK, Antonio was appointed Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank in 2011. He has a reputation as a talented and trustworthy leader and has become known as the ‘Special One’ of banking.

Lord Bernard Ribeiro received an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering. A pioneer of the use of minimally invasive surgery, Lord Ribeiro was a Consultant General Surgeon at Basildon Hospital, before becoming President of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2005. He has been awarded the CBE and appointed Knight Bachelor for his services to medicine.

Professor Dr Christiane Nusslein-Volhard received an honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine. Recognised as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, Professor Nusslein-Volhard is an eminent geneticist. Currently Director of the Max Planck Institute of Developmental Biology and Honorary Professor at the University of Tϋbingen, she has received numerous international honours and prizes, most notably sharing the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1995.

Roger Pedder received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. One of the UK’s leading authorities on successful businesses and on turning around ailing retail companies, Roger’s career in retail has included time at Halfords, Pet City and Clarks Shoes. He has had a long commitment to the University of Bath, as Chairman of the School of Management Advisory Board, Chairman of the University Estates Committee and then Honorary Treasurer.

We are proud that such esteemed individuals are now counted amongst University of Bath alumni.