Graduation Ceremonies

Made in Bath

Professor Raymond F Schinazi

Professor Raymond F Schinazi


Over 900 students will receive their degrees at this year’s winter graduation ceremonies at The Assembly Rooms.

As each graduation ceremony passes, our alumni community grows ever bigger.  Nearly 100,000 alumni now live and work in 162 countries around the world in a wide variety of careers and professions. Many of our graduates say their time here at Bath changed their life and inspired them to pursue exciting opportunities and challenges.

Here are just six of our amazing alumni who have risen to the pinnacle of their chosen fields:

Professor Raymond F Schinazi

Professor Schinazi has been recognised for his extraordinary contributions to science and to human health, particularly for developing treatments for HIV/AIDS, the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

When scientists realised that AIDS was caused by a virus in the early 1980s, Professor Schinazi set up the first HIV laboratory at Emory University in Atlanta to develop antiviral drugs.

Four different drugs that his group discovered and developed have since been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of HIV-1 infections, as well as three for HBV and one for HCV.

It is estimated that over 94 per cent of people infected with HIV take one of the drugs developed by Professor Schinazi and that his innovative work has saved over 6.5 million lives.

He received his BSc (1972) and PhD (1976) in Chemistry, along with an Honorary DSc in 2006.

Neil Holloway

Neil is Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions - the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

He received his BSc in mathematics in 1982 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 2008.

Peter Harrison

Peter is Head of Investments and Director at Schroders plc – a global asset management company which manages £276.2 billion on behalf of institutional and retail investors, financial institutions and high net worth clients from around the world. Peter is responsible for the overall investment activities at the firm.

He received his BSc in Business Administration in 1988. 

Nigel Sharrocks

Nigel is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Digital Cinema Media (DCM), the UK market leader in cinema advertising.

Previously he held the position of Managing Director of Warner Bros and oversaw the release of more than 150 movies including the hugely successful Harry Potter and Matrix franchises.

Nigel graduated in 1978 with a BSc in Chemistry.

Captain Heather Stanning MBE

Heather won Great Britain’s first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics as she and partner Helen Glover took first place in the women's pair.

A Royal Artillery officer she then returned to her Army base in Wiltshire and began preparations for a six-month tour of Afghanistan, which she completed last summer.

She has since returned to rowing in preparation to defend her Olympic title at Rio 2016 and has already become World Champion and now world record holder in the women’s coxless pair.

Heather graduated in 2007 with a BSc in Sports Technology. It was during her time at Bath she first learned to row.

Major Anne McClain

Anne is a member of the 2013 NASA astronaut class. A major in the US Army she is an OH-58 helicopter pilot, and a recent graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

Selected in June 2013 as one of eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class, she is currently in Astronaut Candidate Training that includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training.

Anne received an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University in 2004.


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