Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Steve Wharton receives French medal

Mon Jun 23 12:18:00 BST 2014

 
Conseiller Culturel monsieur François Croquette, Chevalier Dr Steve Wharton, and Vice Chancellor Professsor Dame Glynis Breakwell

— Conseiller Culturel monsieur François Croquette, Chevalier Dr Steve Wharton, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell.

 

In a ceremony at the University of Bath on Monday 2 June 2014, Dr Steve Wharton of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies received the medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques from the French Cultural Counsellor Monsieur François Croquette, recently appointed to serve at the Embassy in London.

The medal, which is awarded for services to French Culture and Education, was established by Napoleon in 1808.

Introducing the event and welcoming Monsieur Croquette, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said; “When thinking about members of our University we see only one side of the process. What we have here is an illustration of the enormous contribution Steve has made outside the University and the impact that he has not only for us but for so many people and so many functions outside the University.”

Presenting the award in his first event outside London, Monsieur Croquette summarised Dr Wharton’s career to date, underlining his contributions to research and the academic community as well as in the wider public domain, concluding; “[Your] commitment, this tireless work in the promotion of French culture in the UK and abroad, this commitment to the understanding of and contributions to French culture, honours yourself as well as [France]. This is why I have great pleasure in presenting you with this decoration.”

In his response, Dr Wharton paid tribute to the support he received from friends and colleagues at Bath, the UK and abroad; “This is a great honour, and it has been a delight to receive it in the company of friends and family here at the University of which I have been a member for nearly a quarter of a century.”