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Honorary graduate Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham
Honorary graduate Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham
Honorary graduate musician Joanna MacGregor
Honorary graduate Joanna MacGregor
Honorary graduate John Grimshaw
Honorary graduate John Grimshaw
Honorary graduate Nick Barton
Honorary graduate Nick Barton

Press Release - 09 December 2008

The University of Bath's winter graduation ceremonies begin

The University of Bath's winter graduation ceremonies began today, with three ceremonies at the Assembly Rooms in which more than 300 students received their degrees and other awards.

Students from the Faculty of Engineering & Design, the School for Health and the School of Management and their families attended.

The ceremonies took place at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm, and a procession led by the University’s Chancellor, Lord Tugendhat, within the Assembly Rooms took place before and after each ceremony.

In his introduction at the first ceremony, the Chancellor spoke of how the University of Bath has grown to be one of the best universities in the UK.

He said: “We have a national and international academic reputation, with UK league tables consistently placing us amongst the top 10 to 15 universities in the country. It is this academic reputation, built over many years, that has enabled the University to continue to attract students of the highest quality - not only from the United Kingdom but more than 130 countries from around the world. We are here today to celebrate the success of these students in obtaining their degrees.”

Many of the graduates at the ceremony were awarded Master's and Doctoral degrees.

The Chancellor said: “Postgraduate students are absolutely essential for the international top-tier of universities focussed on research and scholarship. It is postgraduates who provide the intellectual challenge and stimulation often required if academic staff are to make real advances. And it is they who go on to become the scholars and researchers of the future.

He continued: “The value of this extra employment advantage can be expected to increase in times of great economic uncertainty, as we are witnessing across the world at present. It is still the case that, on average, a graduate will earn more than a non-graduate over the course of a working live. It is also still true that, again on average, possession of a postgraduate degree generates an even higher earnings premium, although the level naturally depends on the career chosen.”

Also today Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, was awarded with a Doctor of Engineering degree at the 10am ceremony.

He is one of four honorary graduates this winter, which also include musician Joanna MacGregor, the President of Sustrans, John Grimshaw and Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, Nick Barton.

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 is currently leading a review of the NHS that will advise on how to meet the challenges of delivering health care over the next decade.

Joanna MacGregor 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.

John Grimshaw has 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.

Nick Barton has been the Chief Executive of Action on Addiction 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.

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