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Thousands set for a cathedral celebration

Evesham Editorial 11th Sep, 2023   0

THE CITY’S historic Cathedral will be the destination for more than than 3,000 University of Worcester students during a series of graduation ceremonies next week.

A total of 12 ceremonies will take place in the Worcester landmark from Tuesday to Thursday (September 12 to 14), followed by celebration receptions at the University’s City Campus, in the grounds of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary where the British Medical Association was founded in 1832.

The largest groups of graduates will be entering the health professions including Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physician Associate and Paramedicine.

Worcester, with its officially outstanding teacher training will also be graduating hundreds of newly qualified teachers, who will provide fresh inspiration and education to the country’s children and make a major contribution to tackling the acute teacher shortage.

Not one of the 3,269 Worcester graduates has been affected by the much-reported ‘national marking and assessment boycott’.

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, said: “Most of these graduates began their studies during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought about so much heartache, mental health problems, financial hardship and more.

“They have shown remarkable resilience and determination to complete their studies. We are very proud of our graduates and all their hard work in earning their degrees, professional qualifications and awards.”

During the week, the University will also confer a number of Honorary Fellowships and Honorary Doctorates on people who have made and are making a major contribution to society, science, the arts and education.

Those receiving fellowships include Kathryn Brunt, CEO of the Rivers CofE Academy Trust; Peter Cooper, Executive Principal of Heart of Mercia Multi-Academy Trust; Diana Gant, University Governor and former headteacher; Beatrice Grant, the Lord Lieutenant for Worcestershire; Edward Harley OBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire; former President of Worcester Students’ Union, Harry Lonsdale; Andrew Manning-Cox, distinguished lawyer and the former High Sheriff of Worcestershire; and former Worcestershire County Cricket Club captain, Daryl Mitchell.

Distinguished lawyer, and chair of the University’s Law School Advisory Forum, Jonathan Brew; senior parliamentarian, Lord Faulkner of Worcester; award-winning social historian, Kirandeep Sahota; journalist and award-winning columnist at The Times, Rachel Sylvester will be among those handed doctorates.

Meanwhile Sir Nicholas Coleridge CBE DL, chair of the Victoria and Albert Museum, chair of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant and managing director of Conde Nast Britain for 30 years, will receive both an Honorary Doctorate and a University Fellowship.

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