A host of VIPs are honoured by The University of Nottingham

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A member of the Malaysian royal family, an Olympic Gold medallist and the Director of Tate Britain, are among a list of distinguished guests who have been honoured by The University of Nottingham.

HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, hockey player Robert Clift and Alex Farquharson. (Director of Tate Britain), were three of 13 special guests who received honorary degrees in the University’s summer graduation ceremonies.

The high profile guests joined thousands of successful candidates celebrating the triumphant culmination of their studies, when they formally received their degrees and became graduates of The University of Nottingham.

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 The full list of Honorary graduates can be found below:

HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah

HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah is the 35th Sultan of Perak, Malaysia. Besides his constitutional duties, he is Chancellor of the University of Malaysia and is Royal Patron of the Malaysian Islamic Financial Centre. He is a Trustee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford. He serves as co-chair of the United Nations High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing as well as Malaysia’s Special Envoy for Interfaith and Inter-Civilisation Dialogue at the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations.

Robert Clift

Rob played international hockey for 10 years winning over 150 caps for England and Great Britain. He won his first cap in 1982 while studying Economics at The University of Nottingham and became a regular member of the team that went on to win European and World Cup silver medals before finally topping the podium and collecting an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1988 Seoul Games. He built on this success going on to be voted National Player of the Year in 1990 and captain the Great Britain team at the 1992 Barcelona Games. Following his retirement from playing hockey, Rob focused on a career in banking with HSBC and Barclays, holding a number of senior leadership roles in retail and corporate banking.

Alex Farquharson

Alex Farquharson is Director of Tate Britain. Previously he was Director of Nottingham Contemporary from 2007 to 2015, one of Britain’s leading centres for contemporary art, which launched in 2009. A curator of contemporary art by background, he was Exhibition Director at Spacex in Exeter and Exhibitions Director at Centre for Visual Arts in Cardiff. He has lectured and taught at many universities and art institutions, and was Visiting Lecturer and Research Fellow on the Curating Contemporary Art MA at Royal College of Art for several years.

Will Adderley

Mr Adderley is currently Deputy Chairman of Dunelm Group plc. He joined the business on a full-time basis in 1992 having gained a degree in Industrial Economics from The University of Nottingham. Will has worked for Dunelm his whole career and is familiar with all major areas of the business. He took over the day-to-day running of the Group from his father Bill Adderley in 1996.

 Andy Perkins

Andy Perkins graduated from The University of Nottingham in 1981. He completed a PhD in Textile Engineering at Leeds in cooperation with a major climbing equipment manufacturer before working for the brand for 13 years. His work included product design, production engineering, sales and rescue and rope access training. He gained an international reputation for adventurous first ascents throughout the world including the Himalaya and South America. He was vice president of the British Mountaineering Council for three years. In 2001 he qualified as a British Mountain Guide and now lives in Chamonix, France, where he works year round as a guide.

Deborah Kitson

Deborah Kitson worked for Nottinghamshire (1977-1992) as a social worker before being appointed as Implementation Officer for Nottinghamshire Abuse Procedural Guidelines based in the Department of Learning Disabilities at The University of Nottingham. She assisted in the production of the guidelines and is now a consultant for other agencies developing policies and guidelines on safeguarding adults at risk. Deborah was the co-ordinator of the Ann Craft Trust from 1998 and appointed as the Trust’s CEO in February 2002.

Tim Grandage

Tim Grandage started his career with HSBC as an International Officer and was posted to Kolkata as Manager of the Shakespeare Sarani Branch in 1987. Tim came to know some street children who lived near his Bank in Kolkata. He took some of them into his own home which soon housed dozens of homeless children.

Tim decided to give up his job and look after Kolkata’s street children. In 1991, Tim registered a formal trust “Future Hope India” under the Trusts Act of India 1882, which has grown over the years in to seven residential homes, a school for 250 children to educate the residential children as well as some of the poorest and disadvantaged children from nearby slums, a village with a skills training centre with 17 cottages in Barrackpore. Future Hope owns a 24 acre plot of land in Kashinathpur, Rajarhat, where it intends to build further children’s homes for 160 children, a school for 500 and a sports foundation

Jenny Leggott

Jenny Leggott was the Director of Nursing & Midwifery & Operations, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Lead for the whole hospital change programme at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Jenny began her nursing career in Lincoln where she undertook her registered nurse training. This was followed by midwifery training in Exeter and sick children’s nursing in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before moving to the Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1988 as a nurse specialist in neonatal care. She undertook a number of management roles until she was appointed to her first Director of Nursing and Midwifery post at Leicester General Hospital.

Jenny moved to the Director for Nursing & Midwifery post at Nottingham in 1999 and held this post until she became the acting chief executive and led the merger of Nottingham City Hospital with the Queen’s Medical Centre in 2006. In recognition of her services to nursing and midwifery both locally and nationally, in 2003 Jenny was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list and in 2014 she became a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Professor Tom Paulin

Professor Paulin was educated in Belfast and at the Universities of Hull and Oxford. He has taught at The Universities of Nottingham, Oxford, Virginia and Columbia in New York. He has published seven volumes of poetry from Faber & Faber, various anthologies (including the Faber Book of Political Verse), three versions of Greek tragedies and six books of literary criticism.

He has reviewed widely in the broadsheets, The London Review of Books and regularly on BBC’s Newsnight Review. He has also made documentaries for BBC TV and Radio and Channel 4. He served as one of six directors of The Field Day Theatre Company founded in Derry in 1981, which included Brian Friel, Stephen Rea and Seamus Heaney. He has won several awards for poetry (including The Somerset Maugham Award and Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize).

Dr Neville Rieger

Neville Rieger came to The University of Nottingham as a Commonwealth Research Scholar, and he graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at the General Electric Company in Schenectady, NY, and later at the Rochester Institute of Technology as the Foundation Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering, until he founded Stress Technology Incorporated.

Under his chairmanship, STI grew to be a corporation of over 30 consulting engineers over the next six years. Dr Rieger invented an electrostatic device for carbon gas

reduction from car and truck exhausts, and founded Paradigm of NY to develop this device. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the International Federation of Machines and Mechanisms.

Right Reverend Paul Butler

Paul Butler has been the Bishop of Durham since 2014, having been the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham from 2009, and prior to that the Bishop of Southampton. He is a member of the House of Lords, Bishops’ Advocate for Children, and Lead Bishop on Safeguarding 2010-16 and he has written several books, mainly on working with children.

Paul makes regular visits to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, training clergy and supporting church work. He serves as a Trustee of Mid Africa Ministry and Church Mission Society, and is President of Scripture Union. Paul grew up in Surrey, coming to Christian faith as a teenager, and was President of the Christian Union while a student at The University of Nottingham.

Peter Rice

Peter Rice is Chairman and CEO for the Fox Networks Group. In this role, Mr Rice supervises all aspects of the Fox Television Group (which includes Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television), FX Networks, Fox Sports Media Group and National Geographic Partners. He previously served as Chairman, Entertainment, for Fox Networks Group and Chairman, Entertainment, for Fox Broadcasting Company.

Before transitioning to the television arena, Mr Rice served as President, Fox Searchlight Pictures. He began his tenure at Fox Searchlight Pictures in 2000, during which time the company released some of the most critically acclaimed and highest grossing films in its history, generating more than 50 Academy Award nominations.

Brady Haran

Brady Haran was born in Adelaide, Australia, and worked there as a newspaper reporter. In 2002 he moved to the UK and spent the next seven years as a video journalist for the BBC. In 2009 he left the mainstream media to work full-time creating videos on YouTube, covering a wide range of topics including science and maths.

Among his best known series are The Periodic table of Videos, Sixty Symbols and Numberphile. The videos have been watched about 450 million times and have over three million subscribers.

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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 a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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