Winter award ceremonies to take place at the Assembly Rooms

The University of Bath’s annual winter graduation ceremonies take place this week, with more than 800 students receiving their degrees in the Assembly Rooms on 14 and 15 December. 

Seven ceremonies will take place over the two days, and honorary graduates include musician Midge Ure OBE.

Students will graduate from the Faculties of Engineering & Design; Science; Humanities & Social Sciences; the School of Management; and the Division for Lifelong Learning.

The ceremonies will take place at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm on both days, with a final ceremony at 5.30pm on Wednesday 15 December.

The Mayor of Bath, Mr Shaun McGall will attend the first ceremony to highlight the University’s civic links. During this ceremony an official, known as a bedel, will carry the University’s ceremonial four-foot long silver mace, which will join the city mace, symbolising the links between town and gown.

A procession within the Assembly Rooms of some of the University’s senior officers and academics, led by the University Chancellor Lord Tugendhat and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, will take place before and after each ceremony.

There will be three honorary graduates this winter:

  • Midge Ure OBE has been a singer-songwriter and guitarist since the 1970s but is best known for Ultravox and his leading role in the creation of Band Aid and the world-selling single Do they know it’s Christmas? Together with Bob Geldof, Midge organised the global concert Live Aid which brought their fundraising for famine relief in Africa to an estimated £150 million. From his studio in Bath he writes and produces with a variety of artists, with his own band, with the reformed Ultravox and in solo acoustic shows. He remains a Band Aid Trustee and his work with charities has included the musical directorship of projects for the Prince’s Trust and Breakthrough. He is also an ambassador for Save the Children. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at the 3pm ceremony on Tuesday 14 December. 


  • Roger Porkess is Project Leader for Mathematics in Education & Industry, an independent curriculum development body. He has initiated and developed many recent innovations in school mathematics and statistics and been involved with over 80 books on the subject. He is often invited to contribute to national discussions and to speak at conferences. He is also heavily involved in school examinations, particularly at A Level. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Education at the 12.30pm ceremony on Wednesday 15 December.
  • Marcus du Sautoy OBE is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. He is an acclaimed mathematician and has won many awards for achievements in communicating science. He is author of numerous academic articles and books on mathematics, as well as best-selling books aimed at the general public. He writes for a number of national newspapers and has written, produced and presented programmes and series on radio and television. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science at the 3pm ceremony on Wednesday 15 December.  

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