Anglia Ruskin honours top names

Published: 20 October 2010 at 09:41

David Haye, Juliet Stevenson CBE, Murray Grigor, Mark Wood, John Burnside, Peter Campbell, Neil Carson, Colin Walsh, Grahame Davies, Bryony Pawinska, Lyndon Jones and Andy Wood all collect awards

Cambridge has witnessed bigger crowds than usual during Anglia Ruskin University graduation week (20-21 October).

During the two days of excitement and elation, over 1800 Anglia Ruskin University undergraduate and postgraduate students donned ceremonial graduation gowns and brought family and friends to mark the completion of their degrees.

The students represented the Ashcroft International Business School, the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Health and Social Care and the Faculty of Arts Law and Social Sciences.

Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne said:

"These hard working and determined graduates have done exceptionally well and they and their families should be very proud of their impressive academic achievements.  We wish them every success in their chosen careers or onward educational pursuits and hope that they will be aim to achieve great things in life, like our distinguished honorary graduates have who are will be joining us to collect their awards."

"These should be great days of celebration for everyone involved."

Alexandra Pringle, a high-flying book publisher with Bloomsbury Publishing plc, who graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 1975, was presented with a the Alumni Success in Business Award 2010, during graduations.  The special prize was bestowed on Alexandra for her outstanding success as an international book publisher.

13 honorary awards were also presented during the faculty-themed ceremonies to various individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements. 

Murray Grigor received an Honorary Doctor of Arts award for his ongoing contribution to the arts spanning over 40 years. He is an independent Scottish film-maker, writer and exhibition curator who has won international acclaim. Born in Inverness and a graduate of St Andrews University, he started his career with the BBC, leaving in 1967 to direct the Edinburgh International Film Festival, an event which he helped rejuvenate by recruiting a creative team which made it a key event in film culture well into the seventies.

His own first film in 1968 featured the then neglected Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie  Mackintosh, winning five international awards and helping to re-establish the reputation of the architect, designer and artist, now celebrated world-wide as one of the most creative figures of the early twentieth century.  Since then Murray has made over 50 films covering arts and architecture. 

Films on artists and architects include Space and Light, 1973, on St Peter's Seminary, Cardross; The Hand of Adam on the architecture of Robert Adam, 1975; E.P. Sculptor on the art of Eduardo Paolozzi which won the Rodin prize at the 1992 Paris Biennale; The Architecture of Carlo Scarpa, 1995 with Richard Murphy, which opened the Montréal Festival du Films sur l'Art. Murray has also made a number of humorous and polemical films and exhibitions.

Mark Wood received the award of Doctor of Business Administration for his outstanding business achievements.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Securities Institute. He is Chairman of Beta, Digitalis Media, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Benefit Solutions and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. He is deputy chairman of Paternoster which he founded, and a non executive director of Chaucer, the Lloyds of London insurer and managing agent.

John Burnside was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters for his outstanding career. A talented and highly distinguished poet and novelist, John Burnside is one of the most prolific and extraordinary writers of his generation. Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, he now lives in Fife.

He has written many award-winning pieces. His first collection of poetry The Hoop published in 1988, won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, and his collection Feast Days became the winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1992. The Asylum Dance scooped the Whitbread Poetry Award; A Lie About My Father won The Saltire Book of the Year Award. His latest collections of poetry are Gift Songs and The Hunt in the Forest.

His popular prose works including Burning Elvis, a collection of short stories, The Locust Room, a novel set in Cambridge, and Living Nowhere, a story of friendship and loss.

Peter Campbell received an Honorary Doctor of Education award.

He is a survivor of the mental health system and, as a writer and poet.  He has devoted his life and incredible talents to the pursuit of survivors’ rights and justice.

Described as shy, self-effacing and highly intelligent, Peter Campbell has spent 25 years

battling with the government and the mental health system for survivors’ rights. Raised in the Scottish Highlands, Peter’s late teenage years were spent confronting mental distress. Long stays in hospital and asylums, which curtailed his academic career at Cambridge, also prevented him from maintaining continuous paid employment. It was in 1983 that he changed his life and began an involvement with mental health activism coupled with poetry and performance which has lasted until the present day.

He is a gifted poet and performer, writes extensively on mental health issues, and trains psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and other health professionals with a view to shaping better quality services for the future. 

David Haye is a contemporary boxing legend known for his energy and professionalism and for being a role model to young people.  He received an Honorary Doctor of Science award for his boxing success. He is currently WBA Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World.

Boasting the hand and foot speed of a middleweight and simply unimaginable power, he scooped and unified all the major world cruiserweight titles within an explosive four-month period, before venturing to heavyweight and capturing the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) heavyweight title.

David Haye began his professional career as a cruiserweight in 2002.  Blessed with a knack of ending fights in dramatic style and intent on taking risks, ‘The Hayemaker’ quickly became a UK favourite and ultimately The Ring magazine’s Champion.

Cruiserweight fights saw him beat WBO title holder Enzo MAccarinelli and his high profile battle with Monty ‘Two Gunz’ Barrett signalled the arrival of David Haye in the heavyweight division. His title shot came against 23 stone world champion Nikolai Valuev in 2009.  Overcoming the ‘Goliath’ of boxing in 12 rounds, he fulfilled his life-long dream of lifting the WBA world heavyweight title and now installed as champion, he looks to replicate his cruiserweight success and unify the heavyweight titles. 

While enjoying his achievements, he is actively working to give something back to the sport and has used his entrepreneurial skills to develop his international ‘Hayemaker’ business which helps develop young talented boxers who are looking to become professionals in the sport. He has also given his time and support to Anglia Ruskin University’s  new Postgraduate Medical Institute which is helping to develop the expertise of the medical profession for the benefit of people in the East of England including top sportsmen and women.

Neil Carson received an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration award.

Neil Carson is the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Matthey plc, a FTSE 100 listed company that he has helped to become the highly successful, global, environmentally driven business it is today.

For his dramatic and outstanding business achievements, he has been described by the Financial Times as the man with the ‘golden touch’.

Johnson Matthey is a major player in the chemicals, precious metals and environmental engineering industry.  It has also carved itself an enviable lead in the specialised business of supplying automotive catalytic converters, and is now one of the UK's leading contenders in fuel-cell technology.

Neil Carson now lives and works in Cambridge where he is respected and revered as an international business phenomenon. 

Colin Walsh received an Honorary Doctor of Arts award for his services to publishing.

He is co-founder of Book Production Consultants plc which offers an editing, design, production and print service from its Cambridge-base. The company has prospered since its formation, and has now produced in excess of 10,000 publications ranging from meticulously-crafted limited edition books, to PR promotions and academic papers. 

Colin Walsh has written some ten books and acts as a consultant to many publishing houses and retail groups. Despite being the Managing Director of such a thriving company,

Grahame Davies received an Honorary Doctor of Letters award for his inspirational writing talent.

He is a Welsh poet, novelist, editor and literary critic who has won numerous prizes - including the Wales Book of the Year Award. He has been described as one of the ‘clearest public poetic voices of his generation’ with a talent for ‘bringing a new world-view on Welsh life’.

Based in Cardiff, he has a degree in English Literature from Anglia Ruskin University, and a PhD from Cardiff University. He is author of 12 books in Welsh and English, including The Chosen People, a study of the relationship of the Welsh and Jewish peoples, a novel, Everything Must Change, about the French philosopher Simone Weil, and the popular work of psychogeography, Real Wrexham. It was in the 1990s, he published his first volume of poetry arising from the 10 years he spent in Merthyr Tydfil in the south Wales Valleys, and he has since produced two subsequent volumes of hard-edged poetry.

Grahame is now a columnist for a range of titles and regularly reads and lectures worldwide, most recently on a North American tour featuring readings and artistic collaborations in Pennsylvania, Vermont and New York.

Bryony Pawinska was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science award for her services to the education of optometrists.

Bryony is the incredibly talented Chief Executive of the highly prestigious College of Optometrists.

The College of Optometrists is the Professional, Scientific and Examining Body for Optometry in the UK, working for the public benefit. Bryony joined the College following a role in education, involving work with two strong business and education partnerships.  She was the Director of an occupational standards setting body, and was the Chief Executive for the Institute of Career Guidance, the most powerful organisation representing career guidance professionals in the UK.

Juliet Stevenson CBE received a Doctor of Arts award for her achievements in television, film and drama. Once a ‘Promising New Actor’, she is now a name known nationwide. 

Essex-born, she was educated in Surrey before joining the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).    It was from here she emerged a strong and talented young actress, who shortly after began her remarkable career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Although best known for her stage acting, Juliet has starred in many other roles for both film and television and combined this work with various roles for the BBC Radio, all of which highlight her immense strength and versatility.  Significant stage roles include her lead performance as Anna in the UK premiere of Burn This in 1990, and as Paulina in Death and the Maiden, for which she was awarded the 1992 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress.

Ranked among Great Britain’s most esteemed stage actresses, she is best known for her leading role in the film Truly, Madly, Deeply in 1990. Her other film successes include The Secret Rapture, Emma, Mona Lisa Smile, Infamous, Breaking and Entering and, one of her personal favourites, Bend It Like Beckham which had a huge impact on teenagers across the country. Last Year, she had a starring role in ITV’s A Place of Execution, for which her performance was awarded at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.

She was awarded a CBE for her services to drama.

Lyndon Jones received an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

from the Ashcroft International Business School for his achievements in international education.

He is Chief Executive Officer of The Association of Business Executives (ABE), the professional membership body and examination board he founded 37 years ago.

ABE develops business and management qualifications at Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma level.  Its qualifications provide progression routes to degree and Masters programmes worldwide, covering destinations as diverse as Trinidad, Pakistan, Cameroon and Mauritius.

Andy Wood received an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration award from the

Ashcroft International Business School.

Andy Wood is Chief Executive of the highly prestigious Suffolk brewer Adnams. He has been with the brewery for 14 years, playing a key role in making it one of the most environmentally friendly businesses in the UK.

Andy Wood’s first job was at Norwich Union now Aviva, one of Britain’s largest insurance companies, where he undertook a variety of roles in customer service, purchasing, IT and sales management. He joined Adnams Brewery in 1996 with responsibility for developing its customer service and supply chain operations. He joined the Board in 2000 and became managing director in 2006. He became the Chief Executive earlier this year and is the only non-family member to get the top job there in modern times.

He is also the Chairman of a drugs and alcohol harm reduction charity and regularly takes lectures on the subject at a number of top business schools throughout the UK.