The Assembly Rooms provided a spectacular venue for this week’s Winter Graduation ceremonies, which saw over 1,000 of our postgraduate students receiving degree certificates.

In addition to joining our students in celebrating their many successes, we also welcomed a new cohort of honorary graduates to the University from the worlds of business, sport, engineering and design.

These included England cricketers Anya Shrubsole MBE and Marcus Trescothick MBE who both received honorary degrees on Tuesday. Find out about all our Honorary Graduates.

Of the many impressive student success stories, this week’s ceremonies saw Bath-based judo champion Jan Gosiewski graduate with a PhD following a 12-year spell at the University in which time he has balanced studies with an international sporting career.

We highlighted the achievements of award-winning international business woman Ritika Israni, who received her MBA before now pursuing multiple business ventures.

And we celebrated the incredible achievements of Dr Chris Firmin, who managed to complete his PhD in Psychology, despite living with severe cerebral palsy. With severely limited mobility, Chris’ absolutely remarkable achievements including typing out his entire thesis, which focused on mental health and bullying, with his nose.

Acting-Vice-Chancellor Professor Bernie Morley said: “Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this week’s graduation ceremonies a success. The combined efforts of our Events, Academic Registry, Audio Visual, Security and Marshal’s teams, as well as many others, made it possible to host such a celebratory event for our students and their families. After years of hard work it’s fantastic to be able to share in their successes.”