Graduation celebrations for the class of 2015

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A poet, an ex-professional footballer and a television producer and director are among the recipients of honorary degrees at The University of Nottingham’s summer graduation 2015.

The famous names and leaders in their fields will join thousands of students from the UK and all over the world, to receive their degrees in a series of ceremonies on University Park from Monday July 6 to Friday July 17 2015.

The ceremonies will be broadcast live on our website.

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Mr Edward Childs OBE – Thursday 9 July, 3pm

Edward (Ted) Childs has had a career in film and television production, starting in factual programming and contributing to programmes such as World at War.

Later, as a drama producer, he was responsible for programmes including The Sweeney, Soldier Soldier, Peak Practice, Sharpe, Brother Cadfael and Inspector Morse. He was appointed Controller of Drama for Central Television, the Midlands ITV contractor and Managing Director of Central Films. Actively involved in the promotion of British film and television, he served as Chairman of the British Academy of Film and television Arts (BAFTA) and is Fellow of the Royal Television Society (RTS).

Ted Childs has received awards for outstanding creative contribution to television from both BAFTA and RTS. In 1996 he was made an OBE for services to British broadcasting.

Mr Childs OBE is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letter, honoris causa.

Mr John Sheridan – Friday 10 July, 11.45am

John Sheridan joined Notts County as a full-time professional at 17, making 308 professional appearances for the club in total. After being released by Notts County in 1966, Brian Clough and Peter Taylor signed John for Hartlepool United, where he was made Captain. He made 129 appearances for the club, leading them to promotion from the former fourth division in 1968; a success also gained with Notts County.

After retiring due to an injury, John began his career in coaching with Derby, Brighton and Notts Forest. He also coached the Qatar national team, returning home as Assistant Manager at Lincoln City Football Club.

Mr John Sheridan is to be awarded the Degree of Masters of Arts, honoris causa.

Mr Roger McGough CBE – Friday 10 July, 3pm

Roger McGough is author to over seventy books of poetry for adults and children as well as editing numerous anthologies.

During the sixties he was part of The Scaffold, whose song ‘Lily the Pink’ was a hit worldwide.

Winner of two BAFTAs for his film work and a Royal Television Society award, he helped write the script for The Yellow Submarine animation film.

He is President of the Poetry Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has a Cholmondelay award and is twice winner of both the Signal and CLPE Awards for the best book of poetry for children.

He was made a Freeman of the City of Liverpool in 2001 and received a CBE from the Queen in 2004 for services to literature. He currently presents Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4.

Mr Roger McGough CBE is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

David Henry Smith – Friday 17 July, 11.45am

David Smith has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is also chief leader writer, an assistant editor and policy adviser. He also writes columns for Tax Journal, Estates Gazette and other publications. Prior to joining The Sunday Times, he worked for The Times, Financial Weekly, Now! Magazine, the Henley Centre for Forecasting and Lloyds Bank.

David Smith is the author of several books, including The Rise and Fall of Monetarism; Mrs Thatcher’s Economics; North and South and ‘From Boom to Bust; UK Current Economic Policy’.

Mr David Smith is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Mrs Anthea Bell – Monday 13 July, 11.45am

Anthea Bell has been a freelance translator of German and French for many years. Her translations include works of non-fiction, literary and popular fiction, including classics by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Freud, Kafka and Stefan Zweig; modern novelists such as W.G. Sebald,

Karen Duve, Julia Franck and Eugen Ruge; and books for young people.

She has won several translation awards, including the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize; the Helen and Julius Wolff Prize in the USA; the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize; the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for translation from German four times; and the 2003 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She was appointed OBE for services to literature and literary translation in 2010, and in January this year was awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal German Republic.

Mrs Anthea Bell OBE is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

Professor Kevin Bales – Monday 13 July, 3pm

Kevin Bales is Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull; and Lead Author of the Global Slavery Index. He was Co-Founder of Free the Slaves (

His book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy published in ten languages, was named one of “100 World- Changing Discoveries” by the Association of British Universities. The film version won a Peabody and two Emmys.

Bales has advised the US, British, Irish, Norwegian, and Nepali governments on trafficking and slavery policy. His book Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves, won the Grawemeyer Prize (2007).

Professor Kevin Bales is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Sir Nigel Hamilton Sweeney – Friday 17 July, 10am

Nigel Sweeney graduated from The University of Nottingham in 1975. He was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1976. He was one of the Prosecuting Counsel to the Crown at the Central Criminal Court from 1987 to 2000, after which he took Silk.

In 1997 he was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court and a Bencher of the Middle Temple. He was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in October 2008, and was thereafter made an Associate Professor at the School of Law.

He sits at first instance in both civil and criminal cases, in the Divisional Court in public, administrative and criminal law cases, and in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). He is the Lead Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit, the judge responsible for European liaison on criminal law issues, and a member of the Judges’ Council.

Sir Nigel Hamilton Sweeney is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Mrs Helen Allen – Monday 6 July, 11.45am

Since graduating from The University of Nottingham with first class honours in 2001, Helen has worked as a nurse in the NHS, alongside running PEPAIDS, the UK charity she also founded. Helen invests her enthusiasm and passion for people into a variety of community projects in the UK and Zambia. Helen’s accolades include, The University of Nottingham Recent Alumna of the Year 2008, Nurse of The Year 2011, Olympic Torchbearer, one of Marks and Spencer’s Britain’s Leading Ladies2013, and Cheshire Woman of the Year finalist, 2014.

Mrs Helen Allen is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Professor Tricia Hart – Monday 6 July, 3pm

Professor Tricia Hart is the Chief Executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Patron of Infection Prevention Society; Governor at Teesside University; Honorary Professor to the School of Health & Social Care, Teesside University; Honorary Professor to the School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health at Durham University.

Her early career included nursing, midwifery, community nursing, health visiting and teaching roles the last two decades holding Executive level appointments in a wide range of healthcare organisations. Tricia was the nurse advisor to Sir Robert Francis on the first inquiry into the failings at Mid Staffordshire and on the Public Inquiry and co-chaired an independent report into the way the NHS handles complaints.

She was awarded the national award for inspirational leadership in 2009, named in 2013 as one of the top 100 clinical leaders in the NHS (ranked number 10) and in 2014 as one of 50 individuals whom it felt were providing exceptional leadership.

Professor Patricia Hart is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

Mick Burrows – Tuesday 7 July, 11.45am

Mick Burrows was Chief Executive for Nottinghamshire County Council from 2008 up to his retirement in June having spent 20 years with the Council in a wide variety of management and director positions. Prior to that Mick worked for 22 years as a Civil servant delivering employment, training and regeneration projects across Nottinghamshire. He has served on numerous Boards including the Princes Trust, Nottingham Potential Board and was Vice Chair of the Chief Executives Association.

Mick Burrows is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Mrs Wendy Marshall – Tuesday 7 July, 3pm

Wendy Marshall is currently CEO for the David Ross Education Trust having joined in 2011. Since then the Trust has grown from two to 33 academies including primary, secondary, special and free schools in some of the most deprived wards in the UK.

Before joining the Trust in 2011 Wendy worked as Education Adviser to the Department of Education for 15 years on a range of programmes including major policy initiatives, and latterly as lead secondary adviser on the Greater Manchester Challenge.

Mrs Wendy Marshall is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Professor Gerald Pattenden FRS – Wednesday 8 July, 11.45am

Gerry Pattenden was the Sir Jesse Boot Professor of Organic Chemistry at The University of Nottingham from 1988- 2005. He was then Research Professor until 2009 and is now

Emeritus Professor. He was Head of the School of Chemistry during 1988-1996, and Pro-Vice -Chancellor for Research in Nottingham from 1997 to 2003.

He has received many international awards, medals and endowed lectureships from Learned Societies and from the Pharmaceutical Industry for his research, and in 1991 he was elected to the Fellowship of The Royal Society.

Professor Gerald Pattenden BSc, PhD, DSc, FRS is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Ms Teresa Gleadowe – Thursday 9 July, 11.45am

Teresa Gleadowe is a curator, writer and editor. She has been on the Board of Nottingham Contemporary since 2006 and has been Chair since 2012. She was the founding director of the MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, the first UK-based MA in curating contemporary art, and directed the programme for fourteen years, from 1992 to 2006.

Since 2006 she has been working freelance – as a Series Editor for the Exhibition Histories book series published by Afterall, as a visiting lecturer on a wide range of curatorial programmes, and now as Chair of the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST), an educational charity operating from a former school building in the town of Helston.

Ms Teresa Gleadowe is to be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the THE Awards 2014. It is ranked in the world’s top one per cent of universities by the QS World University Rankings, and 8th in the UK by research power according to REF 2014.

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