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University celebrates student success

Monday 11 July 2011

This week the University of Bolton will be the centre of celebrations for this year’s graduating students, welcoming around 7,000 guests on campus.

Over two days of graduation festivities more than 1,399 of the 2,593 students graduating this summer will attend degree congregation ceremonies at the town’s Victoria Hall on Thursday 14 July and Friday 15 July.

After attending ceremonies graduating students, their families and friends will be invited to a bucks fizz reception held at Deane Campus.

Students studying on University of Bolton degree courses around the world travel to Bolton to attend ceremonies. This year the University will be welcoming visiting students from as far away as Greece, Malaysia and Russia.

Twelve honorary awards will be awarded by the University this year. They will be conferred by the Vice Chancellor, Dr George Holmes, at the University’s degree congregation ceremonies.

Receiving honorary doctorates and masters this year are:

Michael Chapman –Doctor of Healthcare for his contribution to education and health
Michael Chapman has dedicated his career to education and health in Bolton. A head teacher for 27 years he was appointed Executive Head Teacher, to support schools, led a review of schools in Bolton and developed interagency child protection for local authorities and central government. His services to health include serving as a Non Executive Director to three health authorities and Chair of Bolton Community Health Council.

Stan Cording – Master of the University for his contribution to the University
Stan Cording receives an honorary masters for his long service to the University, marking his retirement as Social Learning Zone Customer Support Officer. He has given more than 48 years service to the University. Stan Cording was instrumental in leading the development and provision of audio-visual teaching aids, keeping students and staff at the forefront of rapidly evolving technologies.

Garry Ion – Doctor of Engineering for his contribution to civil engineering and overseas development
Bolton Construction Management graduate Garry Ion has been working in Africa for the past 16 years. Supported by our Student Services, he overcame dyslexia to complete his degree with the top mark in his year. Since graduation Garry’s job has been building schools and hospitals in countries such as Sudan and Uganda, helping war victims rebuild their lives. Now based in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, he works as a consultant for the Church Mission Society and local churches in remote parts of East Africa and southern Sudan.

Elizabeth Kay –Doctor of Education for her contribution to education and the community
Elizabeth Kay is an extraordinary woman who has made an extraordinary contribution to education in our town. Elizabeth retired as an English teacher at Bedford High School in Leigh, but continued to share her knowledge of literature, poetry, creative writing and art appreciation. For the past 20 years she has volunteered as a tutor for Bolton’s University of the Third Age, a life-long learning cooperative for older people no longer in full-time work, but with a passion for learning and life. In 2010 Elizabeth was presented with an MBE for her services to adult education.

Lord Bhikhu Parekh – Doctor of Philosophy for his contribution to the development of political thought
Lord Parekh is an Honorary Fellow of the Unviersity of Bolton; today we are privileged that he accepts an Honorary Doctorate. Born in Amalsad, Gujarat, Lord Parekh was educated at the Universities of Bombay and London. He became a life peer in 2000 as Baron Parekh, of Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences and a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster.  He is vice-chairman of the Gandhi Foundation, a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, and a member of the National Commission on Equal Opportunity.

Stuart Maconie –Doctor of Letters for his contribution to broadcasting and communications
Radio DJ, television presenter, writer, journalist and critic, Stuart Maconie’s passion for popular music and popular culture has been central to his career. Currently a presenter on BBC6 with Mark Radcliffe, Stuart Maconie has also worked with Radio 1, 2, 4 and 5. A former assistant editor of NME, he has written for national newspapers and magazines as well as five books about the music industry and our country’s culture and regions. Stuart is the winner of the 2001 Sony Radio Award for Music Broadcaster of the Year and on television he is a respected regular of BBC2's I Love The 1970s and I Love The 1980s, and of Channel 4's Top Tens. He is also a keen walker and honorary member of the Wainwright Society.

Professor Peter Marsh –Doctor of the University for his contribution to the University
Professor Peter Marsh is the former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton. A key figure in Bolton Institute of Higher Education’s successful campaign for University Title, celebrated in 2005, Prof Marsh was also instrumental in building the University’s international presence. He represented the University at many of its graduation ceremonies around the world, from Hong Kong to Zambia. Prof Marsh retired last year after 20 years with the University. On his retirement the University named its library in his honour.

Amy Nuttall –Doctor of Arts for her contribution to the theatre and dramatic arts
Amy Nuttall is an actress and singer best known for playing Chloe Atkinson in the long-running ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, from 2000-2005. Since then she has starred in musicals, from London to Edinburgh, as well as in her home town at the Bolton Octagon. Amy is credited with being the youngest actress to ever understudy and play the lead role of Christine in a national tour of Phantom of the Opera, when she was 17.

Mark Radcliffe – Doctor of Letters for his contribution to broadcasting and communications
Bolton-born Mark Radcliffe is one of Britain’s most recognised DJs and a recipient of six Sony Gold awards. He has worked with the BBC for more than 25 years on Radio 1, 2, 5 and now 6 where he now presents a show with Stuart Maconie. He is a TV live music programme stalwart, having  presented, The White Room for Channel 4 in 1995 and has regularly appeared in the BBC’s coverage of the Glastonbury and Cambridge music festivals.

Fred Slack – Doctor of Letters for his contribution to education and the community
Fred Slack has dedicated his working life and his retirement life to helping others. A senior lecturer in English from 1968 at Bolton College of Education (Technical), Fred continued to use his career talents on retirement. Cambridge University appointed him team leader of 18 examiners of English as a Foreign Language across the country, a role he fulfilled until he was 76 years old. His commitment to voluntary services has included helping set up an AIDS Helpline in Bolton, giving talks on the subject to student teachers here and in Leeds. He has been a part of Leeds Racial Equality Panel since retirement and to the present has been a panel member of West Yorkshire Police Crime Prevention Committee, recently honoured for his ‘outstanding commitment’.

Warren Smith – Doctor of Law for his contribution to civic society and Greater Manchester
Warren Smith is the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester. A retired businessman who made a success of renovation, regeneration and redevelopment, his voluntary activities have been focused on social exclusion, in its many forms, and the Arts as a driver for regeneration. From 1995 to 1998 Warren was National Chairman of the charity Turning Point, the largest provider of drug, alcohol and mental health treatment services outside the NHS. More recently Warren has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Appeal to restore the John Rylands Library (£16m), a member of the Advisory Panel currently raising £6m to refurbish Ordsall Hall and was appointed High Steward of Manchester Cathedral where he is Chair of the Development Project charged with raising £10m for the restoration appeal.

Joyce Tyldesley – Doctor of letters for her contribution to education and culture
Dr Joyce Tyldesley is a teaching fellow in the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology. From Bolton, Dr Tyldesley studied the archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean at Liverpool University and obtained a D.Phil in archaeology from Oxford University. She has published a series of books on ancient Egypt. In January 2008 her then most recent book, Cleopatra: last Queen of Egypt was Book of the Week on Radio 4.