University of Wolverhampton Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Sir Geoff Hampton has been honoured for helping to put
the city on the map.
Sir Geoff’s achievements in education have seen him officially
recognised as one of the Wolverhampton’s famous sons and
He will be among five names on an inaugural roll of honour in a
roll of honour to be located in a prominent building in
Wolverhampton to mark 10 years of city status.
Sir Geoff trained as a teacher in Winchester and began his
career in education at the Pensnett School, Dudley.
He was responsible for transforming Northicote School,
designated a failing school by Ofsted, into a successful and
oversubscribed school and received a knighthood in 1998 for
services to education.
In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southampton
University, where he had gained his BEd, for services to
Sir Geoff said: “I have been fortunate to have many accolades
and the greatest of these was the knighthood. But this latest
honour ranks in equal status because it comes from the place where
I have chosen to live my life.”
The achievements of Sir Geoff and four other city ‘sons and
daughters’ – Lisa Potts, Hugh Porter, Sir Jack Hayward and Beverley
Knight – will be marked at a formal dinner at Molineux Stadium
later this month.
The honour has been instigated by Wolverhampton Partners in
Progress, a group of business people. It is hoped it will become an
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