Hundreds of students will celebrate their academic
achievements when they graduate from the University of
Wolverhampton this week.
Ceremonies for 600 Postgraduate and School of Health and Wellbeing students will
take place on Wednesday 31 March and Thursday 1 April 2010.
Family, friends and University staff will also attend the
celebrations at the Grand Theatre in Lichfield Street,
Students who have completed Postgraduate degrees across all
academic Schools will collect their awards on Wednesday at
School of Health and Wellbeing graduates who have studied
courses including midwifery, nursing and community health will
celebrate their success at 10.30am and 2.45pm on Thursday.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Caroline Gipps, said: “Graduation is
a unique occasion in which we publically recognise the outcome of
our students’ determination, commitment and sheer hard work.
“It is also an opportunity to express appreciation for all those
who have made this success possible; not just staff at the
University of Wolverhampton but family, friends and colleagues who
have supported our students throughout their studies.”
The University will also present an Honorary Degree of Doctor of
Social Science to Stephen Machin, who is Professor of Economics at
University College London. Stephen is also Research Director of the
Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics
and Director of the Centre for the Economics of Education.
Four senior members of University staff will be conferred with
professorships at the Postgraduate ceremony. Mike Haynes from the
University of Wolverhampton Business School, Garry Homer and John
Traxler, both from the School of Computing and Information
Technology, and Kevin Kibble from the School of Engineering and the
Built Environment, will all be honoured for their achievements.
A number of visiting and honorary professorships will also be
conferred. These are presented to distinguished professors from
other institutions who are working in different capacities with
members of University staff. Journalist and broadcaster Peter
Hobday, who presented BBC Radio 4’s Today programme for 14 years,
will be made a Visiting Professor of Music and Media, while former
Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum
Authority (QCA), Mick Waters, will become a Visiting Professor of
The other Visiting and Honorary Professorships are:
David Brown, Director of Children’s Services for Walsall Local
Authority – Visiting Professor of Education Leadership.
Patrick Hanks, Lexicographer and editor of the first edition of
the Collins English Dictionary (1979) – Visiting Professor of
A R Gatrad, Consultant Paediatrician at the Manor Hospital in
Walsall – Honorary Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health
Surinder Sharma, National Director for Equality and Human Rights
at the Department of Health – Honorary Professor of Equality and
Sam Ramaiah, Director of Public Health, Medical Director and
Deputy Chief Executive of Walsall NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust –
Honorary Professor of Health and Wellbeing
For media inquiries please contact Vickie Warren on 01902
Date Issued: Monday, 29 March 2010
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