More than 1,900 students are to graduate in eight Cathedral ceremonies presided over by Alan Titchmarsh MBE, performing his first official duties as Chancellor at University of Winchester.
“Graduation is a very special occasion and one of my favourite moments in the academic year,” said Professor Joy Carter DL, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester. “We delight in the success of our students and year after year I am incredibly proud to see our graduates leave with knowledge and wisdom, equipped to go out and make a real difference in the world.”
To herald the beginning of the annual Graduation week, civic dignitaries from around Hampshire join senior staff from the University of Winchester for a grand procession to Winchester Cathedral from Abbey House.
“Alongside our student graduands, we are delighted to be awarding Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships to a host of inspirational individuals in celebration of their contributions to society,” added Professor Carter.
A familiar face on television, Sally Taylor MBE
has been a main presenter on BBC South Today since joining the BBC 20 years ago. Trained as an English teacher, Sally has built a successful career as a journalist and regional broadcaster and was awarded an MBE in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to broadcasting.
Rt. Hon. Professor Shirley Williams
is co-founder of the Liberal Democrats and has been a member of the House of Lords since 1993, where she was spokesperson on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 1998-2001 and Leader from 2001-2004. She was adviser to the former Prime Minister the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP on issues of nuclear proliferation, and until recently was a member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non Proliferation and Disarmament.
Human rights campaigner, magistrate and educational author Aneeta Prem
is founder of the Freedom Charity, which works to protect the lives of children and young people by raising awareness of dishonour-based violence and forced marriage in the UK. She has been instrumental in changing government policy, and has donated over 30,000 copies of her novel, But It’s Not Fair, to school children in the UK.
Richard Adams, now aged 95, found fame as the award-winning author of the British children’s classic novel Watership Down. He became a full-time author in 1974, the year his second novel Shardik was published, and two years after the whirlwind success of his debut Watership Down. He is now the author of nineteen books – three of which have been turned into films.
A passionate champion of welfare standards for farm animals, Joyce D’Silva
is Compassion in World Farming’s Ambassador. Formerly the charity’s Chief Executive, Joyce has led work with international organisations including the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, given evidence to the UK and New Zealand governments, and presented to European Commission’s Group of Ethical Advisors.
Dr Stephen Payne OBE
was appointed Chief Designer of Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in 1998; he is now Principal Consultant of PFJ-Maritime Consulting Ltd. He was awarded an OBE in 2004 for Services to Shipping and was President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects from 2007-2010. Designated a Royal Designer for Industry, he has also been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal, the Admiral Land Medal and is a Freeman of the City of London. In January 2006, The Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him with the Academy’s first Special Achievement Award.
After a decade of working with computers in the City, Wasfi Kani OBE
trained as a conductor and worked to establish Garsington Opera in Oxfordshire. Her company, Pimlico Opera, began to collaborate with prisoners in 1991, and Wasfi set up Grange Park Opera in 1998. She was awarded an OBE in the 2001 New Year Honours for her work in prison and was recently appointed a trustee of the British Museum.
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Programme of Ceremonies for Graduation 2015
The Graduation 2015 procession from Abbey House to Winchester Cathedral starts at 10.15am on Tuesday 20 October.
Tuesday 20 October at 10.30am
Faculty of Business, Law and Sport: Ceremony I
Honorary Doctorate: Stephen M Payne OBE
Honorary Fellowship: Jane Rudling
Tuesday 20 October at 2pm
Faculty of Business, Law and Sport: Ceremony II and Basingstoke College of Technology
Honorary Doctorate: Sally Taylor MBE
Honorary Fellowship: Miranda McKearney OBE
Wednesday 21 October at 10.30am
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Ceremony I
Honorary Doctorate: Joyce D’Silva
Honorary Fellowship: Kevin Spurgeon
Wednesday 21 October at 2pm
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Ceremony II and Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care: Ceremony I
Honorary Doctorate: Aneeta Prem
Honorary Fellowship: Catherine Gladwell
Thursday 22 October at 10.30am
Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care: Ceremony II
Honorary Doctorate: Rt. Hon. Professor Shirley Williams
Thursday 22 October at 2pm
Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care: Ceremony III
Honorary Fellowship: Robert Taylor
Friday 23 October at 10.30am
Faculty of Arts: Ceremony I
Honorary Doctorate: Richard Adams
Friday 23 October at 2pm
Faculty of Arts: Ceremony II
Honorary Doctorate: Wasfi Kani OBE