Graduation Ceremonies


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Honorary Graduates

Our honorary graduates come from all walks of life and have made significant contributions in their field.

Eric Parry

Eric ParryEric Parry is known as one of the most original architects of his generation. He studied architecture at Newcastle University and then completed a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London.

Eric founded his practice, Eric Parry Architects, in 1983. In the same year he was appointed as a lecturer at Cambridge, where he taught until 1997.

His award-winning practice is responsible for several highly prestigious commercial projects in the City and West End including 5 Aldermanbury Square, 60 Threadneedle Street, 23 Savile Row and 50 New Bond Street. It has also completed cultural projects involving sensitive historic buildings, including the restoration and renewal project for the historic St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square and a significant new wing for The Holburne Museum of Art in Bath.

Eric’s refurbishment of The Holburne Museum was completed in 2011 and the project includes the provision of new gallery spaces, archives, educational and visitor facilities. The museum has won many prizes, including the Building Control Design Quality Awards.

In addition to architectural and urban design, Eric leads a portfolio of interior design projects, including residential interiors and office fit outs and other types of design, including bespoke furniture, ironmongery, carpets and textiles. The practice has also worked on successful landscape projects varied in scale and complexity. In 2005 Eric was President of the Architectural Association and he served on the advisory panel of the Arts Council of England from 1991 to 2003. He was elected a Royal Academician in 2006.


Professor John Westwick

Professor John Westwick Professor John Westwick is a former Chair of Pharmacology at the University, and Head of the Department, who has enjoyed considerable international success in his career in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

He began his career at Fisons Pharmaceuticals, now Astra ,as a graduate pharmacologist and then completed a PhD at the Hunterian Instititute at London University. He became a lecturer at King’s College Hospital medical school in the early 1980s, building a research group to investigate bleeding and thrombotic disorders.

By the mid-1980s he had returned as a senior lecturer to the Hunterian Institute, expanding his interests into exploring mechanisms of inflammation and identifying the first member of a new family of proteins known as chemokines. This discovery heralded a major new area of academic research and global pharmaceutical drug discovery which led to new therapies for the treatment of several diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV and sickle cell disease.

In 1990 he was appointed to Bath and his work was instrumental in developing the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology’s reputation for first-class research and teaching. In 1999 he joined Novartis pharmaceuticals to develop the leading site in Respiratory Drug Discovery and Development. It has produced five global launches of new medicines for severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension, with many other therapies in late-stage development. He plays a leading role in promoting the UK pharmaceutical industry and has recently taken up prestigious new roles with the Gates Foundation and Novartis Venture Funds.


Professor Teresa Rees CBE

Professor Teresa ReesProfessor Teresa Rees CBE is one of the UK’s leading social scientists, with an international reputation for her ground-breaking research on gender inequalities in education, training, labour market policies and, most recently, in science policy. She is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, where she has recently completed a six-year term as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research.

Professor Rees developed the concept of ‘gender mainstreaming’, tackling inequality by looking closely at culture, at unstated assumptions, and at everyday practices, and making these the focus of change. She has acted as a long term expert adviser to the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission on gender mainstreaming. She is currently the principal investigator for a £1.2m research grant designed to assist employers to deliver equal pay.

Professor Rees is Director for Wales for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and a former Equal Opportunities Commissioner. She was also a Commissioner on the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education Commission of Inquiry on Lifelong Learning and a member of the Government’s National Equalities Panel. She is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales, and in 2002 received a CBE for services to higher education and equal opportunities. Professor Rees has strong links with the University of Bath and is helping to develop strategic relations between the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter and Bath, particularly in the social sciences.


Del Davies

Del DaviesDel Davies is the University’s Student Accommodation Manager, held in high esteem by staff and students alike. She has instigated many developments to the accommodation service during her 20 years at Bath, and has overseen a number of technological advances to the application process. She is known for a unique ability to make each and every student feel valued and an unwavering devotion to helping students feel at home at Bath.

Del studied English at the University of Cardiff and undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies before working for eight years for a Japanese multi-national trading company. She joined the University of Bath in 1988, working for the Department for Mechanical Engineering until December 1991. After a short period away from the University for family reasons, she returned in 1993, working initially for Residential Services as Housing Assistant until she became Student Accommodation Manager in 1995. She is responsible for the provision of accommodation services to students and has seen the University’s residential stock double to over 2,450 rooms on campus and more than 1,100 in the city, with a further 700 rooms scheduled for completion by September 2014.

She is an active member of the Association of Student Residential Accommodation and represents the University on the National Landlords’ Association (Wessex). As a founder member of the Student Crime Reduction Forum and Accreditation Working Group she works closely with B&NES Council, Bath Spa University College, Avon & Somerset Constabulary and local student letting agencies and landlords. She has been a Trustee of the Esther Parkin Trust since 2003. Del will retire from the University at the end of the year.