Hundred to graduate in winter graduation ceremonies

Hundreds of University of Hull students will graduate in a series of ceremonies later this month. Three events will be held at the City Hall for the University’s winter graduation ceremonies.

Professor Calie Pistorius Vice Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “The University of Hull degree ceremonies mark a new chapter in the lives of its students. They give the University the opportunity to celebrate its students’ achievements alongside their families and friends. We are proud of all our students and wish them well in the future.” The Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, will hand degrees to around 800 students. More than 2,000 students are graduating with 800 students expected to attend the ceremonies. As part of the ceremonies, which take place on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, the university will confer three honorary degrees.

The Rt Hon. the Baroness D’Souza CMG was elected Lord Speaker of the House of Lords in 2011. She became a life peer in 2004, and was Convenor of the Crossbench Peers from 2007-2011.   She studied Anthropology at University College London. After graduating in 1970, she studied for her Doctor of Philosophy at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. She taught anthropology at both the London School of Economics (1973-80) and Oxford Brookes University (1977-80).   She has a special interest in human rights and development issues. She was a director and consultant for the REDRESS Trust, executive director of Article 19 and trustee at a range of human rights and development organisations. She was director of an independent research group focusing on development and emergency aid and has researched the economic origins and alleviation of famine, and she has also been an independent research consultant for the UN. In pursuing this career, she has lived and worked in southern Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Dr Peter Neumann OBE Although born in Oxford, Dr Peter Neumann OBE was educated at Bricknell Avenue Primary School and Hymers College in Hull. He went on to Oxford University where he graduated in 1963 with a BA degree in Mathematics, and then was awarded his DPhil in 1966.  He was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Queen’s College in 1964, was promoted to a Tutorial Fellowship there in 1966, and in the following year he was appointed to a Lectureship in Oxford University.   Peter was awarded a DSc degree by Oxford in 1976, the Lester R. Ford Award by the Mathematical Association of America in 1987, the Senior Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society in 2003, and the David Crighton Medal jointly by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the London Mathematical Society in 2012. He received the OBE in 2008 for services to education. In the same year, Oxford University gave him a Lifetime Teaching Award and on his retirement in September, he was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship of Queen’s College, Oxford.   At Queen’s, Peter taught all branches of pure mathematics to undergraduates. He served as Dean of Degrees from 1968 to 1973, Tutor for Admissions 1980 to 1986, Senior Tutor 1990 to 1995 and 2004 to 2008, and Secretary to the Queen’s Association from 2000 to 2008. He supervised MSc and DPhil students in any area related to his own research and 38 students completed doctorates under his supervision.   Peter has served on the Council of the London Mathematical Society, was Chairman of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, President of the British Society for History of Mathematics, and is currently President of the Mathematical Association.     Ms Ursula Lidbetter MBE.

Born in Lincoln, Ursula Lidbetter is the Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Co-operative.   Under her leadership for the last 11 years the society has achieved remarkable success and was crowned national co-operative of the year in 2011.   The Society provides services for its 250,000 members, including community pharmacies, food stores, travel agencies and funerals.  All profits are returned to the community and last year £21 million was shared between staff, co-op members and community groups or used to improve the local area.   Ursula has been instrumental in setting up the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park in a joint venture with the University of Lincoln.  Plans are also coming to fruition for a redevelopment of Lincoln’s city centre to create enhanced retail and leisure space and a new transport hub.   She took over as Chair of the national Co-operative Group from 2013 to 2015, during a difficult and turbulent time, overseeing a radical overhaul of its governance, management and business.   Ursula graduated from the University of Hull in 1984, with a 1st class honours degree in operational research and management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries.   She is Chair of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and is a deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.   Professor Lynne Frostick   Lynne Frostick is an Earth and Environmental Scientist who has focused throughout her more than 40 years of research on the environmental risks associated with water and waste.   She was appointed to a chair in physical geography at the University of Hull in 1996 and quickly took on senior administrative roles as Research Director for the faculty of Science and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise.   She was the founder and Director of the Environmental Technologies Centre for Industrial Collaboration funded by the Regional Development Agency and she initiated the building of the Total Environmental Simulator at the Deep, a large and unique flow, wave and rainfall flume designed for physical modeling experiments of aquatic and marine environments including sediments, plants and animals.  She was instrumental in this facility being included in the HYDRALAB European network offering access to hydraulic researchers across Europe.   She was the first female Honorary Secretary and elected as the second female President of the Geological Society. She was awarded the Cuthbert Peek Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for the application of physical modeling to environmental problems.   In 2009 she was named by the Yorkshire Post as their first Environmental Champion   In addition to her research she has been very active in encouraging women to participate in science and engineering. As a result she was named the UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement for leadership in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in 2009. She advised the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on Diversity for more than 5 years.   In 2014 she was awarded a DSc by Royal Holloway University, London for both her research and work supporting women and is currently serving on the Board of the Environment Agency as the member responsible for Flood and Coastal Risk Management.

Taken from the University of Hull MBA website 21st January 2016; http://www2.hull.ac.uk/news-and-events-1/news-archive/2016newsarchive/january/winter-graduation.aspx

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