Honorary Graduates celebrated at lunch event

More than 60 honorary graduates of the University of Wolverhampton were brought together at a celebration event.

The event was presided over by the University’s Chancellor, the Rt. Hon Lord Paul of Marylebone PC, and was attended by guests covering business, the arts, professional services, health and wellbeing, science and engineering.

Honorary graduates receive awards from the University for making outstanding contributions to the local area or their professional field.

Attendees included George Medal winner Lisa Potts-Webb, adventurer Dave Heeley, herpetologist Mark O’Shea, Trevor Leeks from Jaguar Land Rover, Anthony Marsh Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service and Anthony Collins, former Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Trains.

It also marked the official opening of the Chancellor’s Hall, where the event was hosted, which has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and been restored to its former glory.

The venue, formally known as The Assembly Hall, is located in the University’s Wulfruna Building, which opened in 1933, and used to host graduations and ceremonies in the early days of the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “It was great to welcome back so many honorary graduates to the University from a diverse range of backgrounds and sectors.

“Our honorary graduates are an important part of our University community and contribute in many different ways including as mentors, through guest lectures and through sharing their expertise and experiences with our students.”

Lord Paul, The University’s Chancellor, said: “It was a wonderful occasion to host our honorary graduates as well as officially mark the opening of the Chancellor’s Hall.

It has been a pleasure to see the renovation of venue and witnessing it being restored to its former glory. It will provide a grand setting for University events in the future.”

The refurbishment was designed by Tweedale architects, with main contractors being Interclass alongside mechanical and engineering installers Ortons.

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Date Issued: 21st July 2016

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