Celebrating success at the Summer Graduation 2009

29 Jun 2009 09:01:00.000

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The University of Nottingham’s Class of 2009 will be celebrating their academic achievements with acclaimed figures from the worlds of literature, science, law and sport at this year’s summer graduation ceremonies.


Thousands of students from the UK and abroad will be presented with their awards at the ceremonies in July when this year’s guests of honour will receive honorary degrees. Among them are University of Nottingham alumni who’ve made their names in their chosen fields. The graduation ceremonies will take place in the Sports Hall on University Park which is transformed into a ceremonial venue for the event.

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This summer the University is awarding honorary doctorates to:


John Harvey, a Nottingham-based writer and novelist who has around 100 published books to his name. He is principally known as a crime writer, with the first of his Charlie Resnick novels, Lonely Hearts, being named by The Times as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century. His books have won major prizes in Great Britain, France and America, and in 2007 he received the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. He has also written for television and radio and, as a published poet himself, he ran Slow Dancer Press, publishing work by such writers as Simon Armitage, Lucille Clifton, Jill Dawson, Sharon Olds, and Carol Ann Duffy. He took his Masters Degree in American Studies at the University of Nottingham, where he also taught Film and American Literature. Mr Harvey will attend the graduation ceremony on Tuesday July 14 at 11am.


William Ivory, an acclaimed Nottinghamshire-born screenwriter and playwright who took inspiration for one of his TV successes from his first job as a dustman for a local council. His first screenplay, Journey to Knock, celebrating the life of his mother who had died of motor neurone disease, won Best Screenplay and Best Single Drama at the European Television Awards in Reims and was also awarded Best Original Screenplay at the New York Television Festival. His BBC series, Common as Muck, was based on his experiences as a dustman. His television work has received numerous awards and nominations from BAFTA, The Royal Television Society and The Crime Writers Association of New York. Feature film work includes, The Closer You Get, which was shown at the Locarno Film Festival and We Want Sex, currently shooting in London. His first stage play, The Retirement of Tom Stevens, was produced at The Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham in 2006. He has recently undertaken a new commission for LAC, called Bomber’s Moon, which was heard as a work in progress for the first time, in June. Mr Ivory will attend the graduation ceremony on Tuesday July 14 at 3pm.


Lady Djanogly (Carol), was born in London in 1945. She attended Grammar School, then Pitman College, followed by college in France. She married textile manufacturer and philanthropist Sir Harry Djanogly and had three children. On moving to London from Nottingham, Lady Djanogly worked for Westminster Council for seven years teaching children to read. She followed this working for Camden Council in Education Welfare for the next seven years. For the past eight years, Lady Djanogly has been a Governor and Chairwoman of Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Special Needs School in Westminster. Over the years, Lady Djanogly has been actively involved in various philanthropic activities with which Sir Harry and she are associated. Lady Djanogly will attend the graduation ceremony on Wednesday July 15 at 11am.


Andrew Holroyd CBE graduated in law from The University of Nottingham in 1969. After two years with Voluntary Service Overseas as an English language teacher on the Indonesian Islands of Bangka and Belitung, he was articled at the legal firm of Alsop Stevens Batesons before joining Jackson & Canter Solicitors in Liverpool in 1975. He was made managing partner in 2008. He is an immigration practitioner by specialism with a wide range of personal client work serving those most disadvantaged in the community. The firm prides itself on providing quality legal services and was awarded Investor in People status in 1997 and the Law Society Lexcel quality mark in 1999. He was Chairman of the Standards Board of the Law Society of England & Wales from 2002-2005, and President of the Law Society 2007-08. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to publicly funded legal work in Liverpool; last year this was followed by a CBE for services to the administration of justice. Mr Holroyd will attend the graduation ceremony on Wednesday July 15 at 3pm.


Lady Jay CBE  studied Social Administration at the University of Nottingham. During a 14 year career in the Civil Service, mainly concerning government financial aid to developing countries, she also worked on the Civil Service Selection Board to recruit fast stream administrators and diplomats; the French Ministère de la Cooperation; the French Trésor, and was one of a small international team which set up the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As wife of the British Ambassador to France, she oversaw the running of the Embassy Residence, entertaining 12–14,000 guests each year. She was Director-General of the Food & Drink Federation, Chairman of Food from Britain and a non-Executive Director of the French company Carrefour. Lady Jay is Vice-Chairman of L’Oréal UK. She is also Chairman of the Pilgrim Trust, the Prison Reform Trust, and the Entente Cordiale Scholarships Scheme. Lady Jay was awarded a CBE for services to the UK food industry in 2005 and made a Chevalier of the French Legion d’Honneur in 2008. Lady Jay will attend the graduation ceremony on Wednesday July 15 at 3pm.


Professor Ken Shuttleworth is the founder of Make Architects, responsible for three striking and award-winning new buildings for the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. In the course of his career, he has worked on some of the most ground-breaking architectural landmarks in the world, including the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and the Swiss Re tower in London. Set up in 2004, Make is a creative and imaginative architectural studio dedicated to designing buildings, spaces and places which are as striking and innovative as they are socially, economically and environmentally responsible. It has already established itself as one of the UK’s foremost architectural firms with a number of acclaimed buildings including the Dartford Dojo, the City of London Information Centre, the 55 Baker Street office development in central London, and most recently the Grosvenor Waterside residential development in London. Schemes now under construction include The Cube in Birmingham and 10 Weymouth Street, a new residential building in London. Professor Shuttleworth will attend the graduation ceremony on Thursday July 16 at 3pm.


Professor Bradford Parkinson was the first Global Positioning Satellite Program Director and led the GPS development through the first satellite launches. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and has a Masters Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from Stanford University in Astronautics. During his US Air Force career he helped to develop the AC-130 Gunship, and has 160 hours of combat missions. He was an instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School and the head of the Astronautics and Computer Science Department at the US Air Force Academy. As a Professor at Stanford University, he led the development of many innovative civil applications of GPS, including blind landing for commercial aircraft using GPS alone; fully automatic control of farm tractors on a rough field to an accuracy of two inches; and pioneering the Wide Area Augmentation System to augment GPS, allowing any user to achieve accuracies of several feet. He was the Chief Executive Officer of two companies, and serves on many boards. Among his many awards is the Draper Prize of the US National Academy of Engineering, considered by some to be the ‘Engineering Nobel’. Professor Parkinson will attend the graduation ceremony on Friday July 17 at 3pm.


Professor Justin Yifu Lin is World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President. He took up his World Bank position after serving for 15 years as Professor and Founding Director of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University.  Professor Lin is the author of 18 books on world economics and more than 100 articles in refereed international journals and collected volumes on history, development, and transition. In China, Justin Yifu Lin served as a deputy of China’s People’s Congress and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He has served on several national and international groups dealing with development policy, technology, and environment including the United Nations Millennium Task Force on Hunger; the Eminent Persons Group of the Asian Development Bank; the National Committee on United States-China Relations; the Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council; the Working Group on the future of the OECD; and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee. He was awarded the 1993 and 2001 Sun Yefang Prize (the highest honour for economists in China and was made a fellow of Academy of Sciences for Developing World in 2005. Professor Justin Yifu Lin will attend the graduation ceremony on Friday July 17 at 11am.


Dr Tim Brabants MBE is Great Britain’s most successful sprint kayak athlete and University of Nottingham alumnus. He won the nation’s first ever Olympic Gold medal in kayak racing, returning from the Beijing Olympics with a Gold in the 1000m and Bronze in the 500m single kayak events. His achievements have been pioneering throughout his sporting career, having won Britain’s first ever Olympic medal in the sport in Sydney 2000. Tim went on to win many international medals including four European titles and is the current World, European and Olympic Champion.

Tim is a qualified medical doctor who has balanced a sporting and medical career by alternating between full and part-time work. Over the past three years he concentrated solely on training to win gold in Beijing. The University of Nottingham supported Tim’s sporting ambitions by allowing flexibility in his studies over the period of the Sydney Olympics as well as including him in the sports bursary scheme. Tim is now back working full-time as a doctor, specialising in emergency medicine. In the long-term, he hopes to return to training full-time and compete at the London Olympics in 2012. Tim was awarded an MBE which he received from the Queen at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace in March. He will attend the graduation ceremony on Tuesday July 21 at 3pm.


Professor Peter Hunter is a pioneer in virtual physiological science. His major research interests concern the mathematical and computational modelling of many aspects of the human body. As the current co-Chairman of the Physiome Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, he is helping to lead the international Physiome Project which aims to use computational methods for understanding the integrated physiological function of the body in terms of the structure and functions of tissues, cells and proteins. The inter-related electrical, mechanical and biomechanical functions of the heart, for example, have been modelled in the first ‘physiome’ model of an organ. Professor Hunter is currently a Professor of Engineering Science and Director of the Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland, Director of Computational Physiology at Oxford University. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society (London and NZ), the World Council for Biomechanics, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the International Academy of Medical & Biological Engineering. He is currently secretary-general of the World Council for Biomechanics and President of the Physiological Society of New Zealand. Professor Hunter will attend the graduation ceremony on Thursday 16 July at 11am.


Professor Julian Davies is an expert in the field of antibiotics biology. He studied chemistry at The University of Nottingham, gaining a PhD in 1956. After post-doctoral stints in the USA, he accepted a lectureship in Chemistry at UMIST (Manchester), followed by additional post-doctoral training in Bacteriology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School. As Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, his research focused on antibiotics — their mode of action and the origins and mechanisms of resistance. With the advent of recombinant DNA technology he began applying this approach to antibiotic biology; this led to an invitation to join Biogen, a new biotech company in Switzerland, where he was research director for five years. When the Pasteur Institute (Paris) formed a Biotechnology Division, he returned to academia as Professor and Head of the Microbial Engineering Unit there. In 1992 he moved to his present post in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC. Professor Davies will attend the graduation ceremony on Wednesday July 22 at 3pm.


Professor Sir Keith O’Nions leads the newly formed Institute for Security Science and Technology at Imperial College London. Most recently he was Director General, Science and Innovation, in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. This followed his position as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Defence and Director General, Science and Innovation and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry. After attending The University of Nottingham, he gained a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Alberta and became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo. From there he went on to become a Lecturer in Geochemistry at the University of Oxford. He became Professor of Geology at Columbia University in 1975, Royal Society Research Professor in Cambridge from 1979 until 1995 when he moved to be Head of Earth Sciences at Oxford. Sir Keith has participated in a broad range of academic and technological committees. He became a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1979 and a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 1980. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (1983), Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (1998), Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (2001) and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2005). He received a Knighthood for services to Earth Sciences in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours. He will attend the graduation ceremony on Thursday July 23 at 11am.




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Notes to editors:


The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University 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), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.


Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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