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Press Release - 11 December 2008

The University's winter graduation ceremonies come to an end

The University's winter graduation ceremonies finished yesterday, with three ceremonies at the Assembly Rooms in which more than 380 students received their degrees and other awards.

Students from the departments of Education, Biology & Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Science, Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Physics received their awards in the first ceremony followed by students in departments of Economics & International Development, European Studies & Modern Languages, Psychology and Social & Policy Sciences in the second ceremony.

In the final ceremony, students from Action on Addiction, Cirencester College, City of Bath College, City of Bristol College, Norton Radstock College, Swindon College, Weston College and Wiltshire College received their awards, as well as students from the University’s Department of Sports Development & Recreation.

This year saw four honorary graduates receive their awards at the ceremonies over the two days. First was Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, who was awarded with a Doctor of Engineering degree at Tuesday’s 10am ceremony.

Professor Lord Darzi is an honorary consultant at St Mary’s Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital. He was knighted by the Queen for his services to medicine and surgery and was introduced to the House of Lords in July 2007. He has led a review of the NHS that advises how to meet the challenges of delivering health care over the next decade.

He said: “It’s a great privilege to get this honorary degree, especially because I come from a family of engineers and always thought as a child that I would become an engineer, but in my teenage years I decided to go into medicine. When I finished medical school I went on to pursue surgery and it was clear it was because of my engineer genes. Throughout my career I’ve always tried to combine science and engineering to improve patients care. I am very proud to receive this degree.”

Musician Joanna MacGregor received a Doctor of Music degree at the last ceremony on Tuesday. Joanna is thought of as one of the world’s most wide-ranging musicians and has pursued a life connecting many genres of music defying categorisations. She has performed in over 60 countries, appearing as a solo artist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Since 2006 Joanna has been Artistic Director of Bath International Music Festival.

She said: “I am very flattered and very proud to be awarded this honorary degree. It means a great deal to me especially in this city which becomes an adopted home for me during the Bath Music Festival. When I was younger I came to the Assembly Rooms to play and it is nice to come back today to accept this honorary degree.”

Yesterday John Grimshaw received a Doctor of Engineering degree at the 12.30pm ceremony. John spent the last 30 years working on promoting cycling in the UK: first by setting up a campaign group in Bristol in 1977, and then moving on to direct delivery of practical projects including the 25km Bristol and Bath railway path. He set up, and is now President of Sustrans, as well as being Special Advisor to Cycling England.

In the final ceremony of the day, an honorary Doctor of Heath degree was awarded to Nick Barton, the Chief Executive of Action on Addiction.

Nick has led the organisation since July this year before which he was the Chief Executive of Clouds (The Chemical Dependency Centre) which under his leadership, developed an international reputation for the quality of its beneficiary focused work.

He said: “Whenever you get recognition for something it is wonderful, but you never achieve anything of any great merit alone and this award honors all of the people I work with and who have supported me over the years.”

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