Winter award ceremonies to take place at the Assembly Rooms

Our annual winter graduation ceremonies will see more than 900 students receiving their degrees in the Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December.

Eight ceremonies will take place over the two days, and honorary graduates include Eric Parry, architect of the new wing at Bath’s Holburne Museum of Art; and Professor John Westwick who has developed a series of new medicines that treat life-threatening conditions.

The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Andrew Furse, 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 Dame Glynis Breakwell, will take place before and after each ceremony.

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 begin at 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm on both days.

There will be four honorary graduates this winter:

  • Eric Parry is known as one of the most original architects of his generation. He has run his own award-winning practice, Eric Parry Architects, since 1983. This has been responsible for several highly prestigious commercial projects in the City of London and West End and has completed a number of 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 has won many prizes, including the Building Control Design Quality Awards. It includes the provision of new gallery spaces, archives, educational and visitor facilities. Eric was elected a Royal Academician in 2006. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts on Tuesday 11 December at the ceremony held at 10am.
  • Professor John Westwick is a former Chair of Pharmacology, and Head of the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Bath who has enjoyed considerable international success in his career in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. In the mid-1980s he was a senior lecturer at the Hunterian Institute and identified 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’s Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and his work was instrumental in developing the Department’s first-class reputation for 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. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Tuesday 11 December at the ceremony held at 12.30pm.
  • Professor 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. 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 is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and in 2002 received a CBE for services to higher education and equal opportunities. She will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on Tuesday 11 December at the ceremony held at 3pm.
  • Mrs Del Davies is the University’s Student Accommodation Manager, held in high esteem by staff and students alike. She has worked at the University for 20 years and retires in December. She has been responsible for the provision of accommodation services to students and has instigated many improvements, including extending the Resident Tutor Service, and has overseen a number of technological advances to the application process. She is known for her ability to make each and every student feel valued and an unwavering devotion to helping students feel at home at Bath. She has seen the University’s residential accommodation 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. As a founder member of the Student Crime Reduction Forum and Accreditation Working Group she has worked closely with B&NES Council, Bath Spa University College, Avon & Somerset Constabulary and local student letting agencies and landlords. She will receive the honorary degree of Master of Arts on Wednesday 12 December at the ceremony held at 3pm.

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