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Professor Andrew Pettigrew, Head of the School of Management (left) and Sir Julian Horn-Smith
Professor Andrew Pettigrew, Head of the School of Management (left) and Sir Julian Horn-Smith
The Vice-Chancellor, James Sherwin, and the Chancellor
The Vice-Chancellor, James Sherwin, and the Chancellor
Dr Stephen Huckvale
Dr Stephen Huckvale
Photos by Nic Delves-Broughton

Internal News - 12 December 2007

The University's winter graduation ceremonies end today

The University's winter graduation ceremonies finish today, with three ceremonies at the Assembly Rooms in which around 260 students will receive their degrees and other awards.

The students are from the Departments of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, European Studies & Modern Languages, Social & Policy Sciences, Economics & International Development, Education and Psychology, and the School for Health.

The ceremonies take place at 10am, 12-30pm and 3pm, and a procession led by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, within the Assembly Rooms takes place before and after each ceremony.

The honorary graduate today is Dr Stephen Huckvale, who took a BSc and PhD in engineering at the University, and has worked for the Moog Inc., a designer and manufacturer of precision control components for aircraft, industrial equipment and medical devices, since 1980. He worked his way up from Engineering Manager to a Vice-President of the corporation and now heads its International Group. He receives the degree of Doctor of Engineering at 10am.

Yesterday, one of the founders of the UK’s success in the mobile phone market, Sir Julian Horn-Smith, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws.

Sir Julian worked for Rediffusion, Philips and Mars before joining Vodafone. He studied part-time at the University of Bath and was awarded an MSc in Management, now known as an MBA, in 1979. He later said: “the MSc provided me with a real stepping stone into professional management.”

Sir Julian then worked for Vodafone from its launch in 1984 to 2006, working his way up from Marketing Executive to Deputy Chief Executive.

The most notable period in his career was his part in helping Vodafone carry out a hostile takeover of the huge German conglomerate, Mannesmann, for $200 billion dollars, the largest corporate transaction ever. This formed the largest telecoms operator in the world.

Sir Julian is also well-known for promoting corporate social responsibility and his philanthropic interests include working as a trustee for the Prince of Wales’ International Business Leaders’ Forum.

The other honorary degree yesterday was awarded to James Sherwin. Mr Sherwin, a US citizen, was a winner of the US Open Chess Championship and once beat the legendary US world chess champion, Bobby Fischer. He worked as a corporate lawyer and businessman, eventually running a billion-dollar company, GAF Corporation. He moved to Europe in 1981 as Chief Financial Officer of Hunter Douglas N.V., the Dutch multinational group.

In 1999 he retired from office and settled in Bath. He has numerous connections with the University, including being Chair of the University’s Investment Committee, and sitting on its Remuneration Committee and Finance Committee. He received the degree of Doctor of Laws.

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