Summer Graduation 2008 at The University of Nottingham

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The worlds of sport, literature, theatre, medicine and many others come together during this year's Summer Graduation ceremonies at The University of Nottingham.

Talented students receiving their degree certificates will rub shoulders with a world-famous cricketer, a renowned theatre director, the co-creator of Ibuprofen and an acclaimed author, all collecting honorary doctorate degrees for the exceptional contributions they have made in their chosen fields.

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The University of Nottingham is awarding honorary doctorate degrees this summer to:

Sir Richard Hadlee MBE played cricket for Nottinghamshire from 1978 to 1987, and is one of New Zealand's most outstanding sportsmen. He was declared his country's Sportsperson of the Decade in 1987 and knighted for services to cricket in 1990. Sir Richard played in 86 test matches and in 115 one-day internationals. He captured 431 test wickets and enjoyed a test bowling average of 22.29. His best bowling performance was taking 9 wickets for 52 runs against Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane in 1985. His highest test score was 151 not out against Sri Lanka and on five occasions whilst playing for Nottinghamshire he topped the first class cricket bowling averages. His official website describes him as 'The Master of Rhythm and Swing'. The graduation ceremony attended by Sir Richard Hadlee is at 11am on Wednesday, July 9.

Sir Richard Eyre spent five of the earlier years of his career as the Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse. He is recognised internationally as an Artistic Director of the Royal National Theatre - a role he fulfilled for 10 years. Sir Richard has directed numerous classic plays, new films - including Iris for which he co-wrote the screenplay - as well as the BAFTA award-winning BBC drama Tumbledown. His first book, the memoir Utopia and Other Places, was published by Bloomsbury in 1993. Changing Stages, an acclaimed guide to twentieth-century British theatre, appeared in 2000. National Service contains extracts from the diary he kept from 1987 to 1997. It was awarded the 2003 Theatre Book Prize. He has been the recipient of numerous directing awards including three Olivier Awards, and served as a Governor of the BBC from 1995 to 2003. Sir Richard Eyre is a Visiting Professor at Warwick University. The graduation ceremony attended by Sir Richard Eyre is at 3pm on Thursday, July 10.

Dr Stewart Adams OBE is a Nottingham pharmacologist, who, 45 years ago, with his colleague John Nicholson, created the painkiller Ibuprofen. Today it is the most commonly-used drug in the management of pain and inflammation worldwide. Dr Adams left school at 16 and trained at a small branch of Boots the Chemist in Cambridgeshire. The company awarded him sponsorship to study a BPharm degree at what was then University College, Nottingham. Upon graduation, Dr Adams joined the penicillin production team at Boots, but he later secured a role in the company's research division, and a PhD from Leeds University. He told The Telegraph newspaper recently: "I would have liked to find something curative in rheumatoid arthritis, not just palliative. But when people - friends of my wife, for example - come up and say they have taken the drug and it has really worked, that is when you think you might have achieved something..." The graduation ceremony attended by Dr Stewart Adams is at 11am on Thursday, July 10.

Professor Colin Blakemore FMedSci FRS was Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council from 2003 to September 2007, and was recently appointed Chair of the General Advisory Committee on Science at the Food Standards Agency. Described upon his appointment as one of "the most influential communicators of science in the world" and a world-renowned neuroscientist, he studied Medical Sciences at Cambridge and completed a PhD at the University of California in Berkeley. After 11 years in the Department of Physiology at Cambridge University, he became Waynflete Professor of Physiology at Oxford in 1979. He currently holds Professorships of Neuroscience at both Oxford and Warwick. The graduation ceremony attended by Professor Colin Blakemore is at 11am on Friday, July 18.

Blake Morrison was born in Skipton and educated at The University of Nottingham, before undertaking further study at McMaster University and University College, London. After working for the Times Literary Supplement, he went on to become literary editor of both The Observer and The Independent on Sunday before becoming a full-time writer in 1995. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and former Chair of the Poetry Book Society, Blake has written acclaimed fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage. His best-known works are probably his two memoirs, "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" and "Things My Mother Never Told Me." Since 2003 he has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The graduation ceremony attended by Blake Morrison is at 3pm on Wednesday, July 9.

Baltasar Garzon is a leading member of the Spanish judiciary. His profile on the news pages of BBC World describes him as the judge 'widely recognised for his determination to bring suspects to justice, no matter where they may be, or how old the crime.'  Mr Garzon, who was appointed to the bench at the age of 24, is one of six investigating judges of Spain's National Court. Like many other European countries, Spain operates an inquisitorial system, as opposed to the adversarial system used in the United States and United Kingdom. Mr Garzon has earned praise as a hard working, incorruptible and highly principled investigator. Born in Jaen, he read law at the University of Sevilla, and has lectured extensively in the world's leading universities. The graduation ceremony attended by Baltasar Garzon is at 11am on Tuesday, July 15.

Diana Wright is a financial journalist who has worked for The Sunday Times for more than 20 years. A former editor of the paper's Money Section, she now compiles the "Question of Money" column, answering readers' queries and solving their problems. The page attracts hundreds of letters each month. Diana Wright has also written numerous highly successful books on personal finance, including The Sunday Times Guide to Personal Finance, A Guide to Lump Sum Investment, A Consumer's Guide to Mortgages and The Sunday Times Guide to Your Retirement. Away from professional journalism, she is a Council Member of the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, a Review Group Member for the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators, and has in the past worked on committees in relation to the Financial Services Authority and the Financial Ombudsman Service. The graduation ceremony attended by Diana Wright is at 3pm on Tuesday, July 15.

Mr Kin-Kwok Chung is Chairman of Maxdo Group Limited, one of the most successful property development companies in the Asia-Pacific region. Maxdo Group began to invest in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shenzhen in the early 1990's, delivering residential towers, commercial centres, prestigious hotels and plazas. Since then the company has expanded its interests, including textiles. Mr Kin Kwok Chung became a Member of the Hunan Provincial People's Political Consultation Conference in early 2003 and he has played an active role in the promotion of foreign trade, investment and education in Hunan, which is his hometown.  He has launched a programme resulting in the construction of two Hope Primary Schools each year for the past five years, as part of his national philanthropic campaign The Hope Project.  Mr Chung was admitted to The University of Nottingham's College of Benefactors in 2003. The graduation ceremony attended by Kin-Kwok Chung is at 11am on Wednesday, July 16.

Professor Sir John Tooke graduated in Medicine from Oxford in 1974 and was a Wellcome Trust Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Physiology, and Honorary Consultant Physician at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. From 1987 he was Consultant Physician with interests in diabetes, endocrinology and vascular medicine at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Trust, and Professor of Vascular Medicine at Exeter University. Sir John is presently Dean of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, having led both successful bids for the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry. He chairs the Medical Schools Council and the UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee. Professor Tooke was knighted in the 2007 New Year's Honours list for services to medicine. The graduation ceremony attended by Professor Sir John Tooke is at 11am on Friday, July 11.

Mr John Patrick Cheffins CBE was appointed to the board of Rolls-Royce plc in 2001. A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, member of the Quebec Order of Engineers and of the Institute for Electrical Engineering, he served as Chief Operating Officer and President of the Civil Aerospace Division in one of the world's most distinguished and successful innovation companies. Mr Cheffins joined Rolls-Royce in 1967 and retired 40 years later, in September last year. In June 2007 he received the CBE for his services to industry. The graduation ceremony attended by John Patrick Cheffins is at 3pm on Wednesday, July 16.

Professor Sheung Wai Tam is President Emeritus of the distinguished Open University of Hong Kong, the first institution in the region to offer both open and distance learning. Professor Tam was recently appointed by the Government of Hong Kong to chair The Ping Wo Fund, a charitable trust established to finance research and studies into the societal problems caused by gambling. Professor Tam was awarded the King Edward VII Scholarship in 1955 to study science at the University of Hong Kong, where he gained a BSc (Hons) and an MSc. He then won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study organic chemistry at the University of Nottingham and completed his PhD in 1964. In recognition of his contributions to higher education he was awarded the OBE in 1992. The graduation ceremony attended by Professor Sheung Wai Tam is at 11am on Thursday, July 10.

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The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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