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Annual Report 2007

Marks of distinction

The collective contributions of remarkable people leave their mark on an institution such as ours. During 2007, it has been our great pleasure to celebrate the achievements of those who have inspired us, to welcome esteemed visitors to our University whose quality of thought has left a lasting impression, and to recognise the personal triumphs, great and small, of our students.

Our Honoured guests

We were delighted to welcome our distinguished friend Sarah Brown, founder of children’s charity PiggyBankKids, to the University to perform the official opening of the £13.5m City Campus North Administration and Teaching Building. In recognition of her extensive charity work, the University of Wolverhampton presented Sarah Brown with an honorary degree from the University’s School of Applied Sciences.


At the graduation ceremony, Sarah Brown thanked University Chancellor, The Lord Paul of Marylebone, and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline Gipps, for the award. She said: “I am greatly honoured to receive this doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton. And I confess it is with some humility that I join such a distinguished group of talented and accomplished people here today at this ceremony. To the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gipps, and all the staff and students, can I say how inspiring it is to come to a University that is at the heart of its community.”


The outstanding contribution of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, was honoured by the University of Wolverhampton at a special ceremony. Dr Kalam received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University’s School of Applied Sciences on 22 October 2007 in recognition of his many achievements and delivered a special lecture to guests following the ceremony.


Dr Kalam, a renowned rocket scientist and scholar, formulated the Vision 2020 plan to make India a developed country before the year 2020. He became the 11th President of India in 2002 and held office until July 2007. The Lord Paul of Marylebone, University of Wolverhampton Chancellor, said: “Dr Kalam’s accomplishments are an inspiration to all and we are very pleased that he has chosen to accept an honorary award from the University.”