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The University of Gloucestershire has announced the names of the outstanding individuals whose contribution to the University, county and beyond will be recognised at this year’s graduation ceremonies in November.

Published: 02/09/2016 12:13

The University of Gloucestershire has announced the names of the outstanding individuals whose contribution to the university, county and beyond will be recognised at this year’s graduation ceremonies in November.

They will join around 2,500 graduating students at ceremonies in Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Every year, the University confers honorary doctorates and fellowships upon distinguished individuals who have made an outstanding contribution locally, nationally or internationally, or who have supported the University in some way.

This year, honorary awards will be given to:

  • David Bellamy, Chief Executive of St James’ Place Wealth Management in Cirencester
  • Oli Christie, founder of Cirencester-based games company Neon Play
  • Suzette Davenport, Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary
  • Lord Paul Drayson, former Science Minister, science entrepreneur and managing partner of Drayson Racing Technologies who lives in Gloucestershire 
  • Andy Flower, former Zimbabwe international cricketer and Technical Director of Elite coaching at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • Frank Mullane, Chief Executive of Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA)
  • Professor Sir Peter Scott, former Chair of Council at the University of Gloucestershire, former editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, and former Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University

Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a distinguished group of people to our graduation ceremonies this year, and to confer honorary degrees and fellowships upon them. They have all proven excellence in their own field, with a huge variety of achievements. Each of them has not only supported the university but enriched the county as a whole, and we are pleased to be able to honour and celebrate their remarkable contributions.”

The graduation ceremonies take place at Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday November 3 and Friday November 4, and at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25.