Honoraries to join in with Chelmsford celebrations

Published: 24 September 2014 at 14:15

Eight inspirational Honorary Award holders chosen to join students at graduations

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New honoraries will join thousands of Anglia Ruskin University students celebrating graduations in Chelmsford.

Successful undergraduate and postgraduate students will don their gowns for nine faculty-themed ceremonies held at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford Campus between 7-9 October which will mark the formal completion of their degrees.

The eight honorary awards will be presented during the ceremonies to various individuals chosen for their outstanding achievements and their inspirational qualities which set them apart as role models to Anglia Ruskin students.

Katie Piper, is a television presenter, philanthropist, author and survivor of a shocking acid attack that left her blind in one eye and suffering severe facial disfigurement. She founded the Katie Piper Foundation, a charitable organisation that seeks to improve outcomes for burns survivors, to help facilitate the provision of effective burns rehabilitation, and to support burns survivors through their journey of recovery. The Foundation is working closely with Anglia Ruskin’s Postgraduate Medical Institute in the field of burns research. Katie will receive an Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences.

Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe is Chief Executive of Talk Talk Group , owner of the winning horse at the 1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup , and according to the listeners of BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour, one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. Baroness Harding has already donated valuable time to our International Business students, appearing last year as a guest lecturer. She will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration.

Professor C Palanivelu, an internationally renowned surgeon, researcher, philanthropist, and Chairman of the Gastro Enterology Medical Hospital & Research Centre in the city of Coimbatore, Southern India, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences.

Professor Molly Jahn’s career has been focused on the area of food systems science and, in recent years, more specifically on the issue of food security.  A former US Undersecretary of State for Agriculture, for the past decade she has led an international effort to bring together governments, scientists and business in adopting a strategic position on global food risk. Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute has benefited greatly from Professor Jahn’s support and she will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science.

Jade Etherington, who grew up in Chelmsford, is an Alpine skier and the most successful British Winter Paralympian of all time.  She was born with Axenfeld Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes progressive visual impairment.  Jade’s courage and her determination to live a life unlimited by her disability make her an excellent role model for our students and she will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science.

Michael Adams OBE is the chief Executive of the Essex Coalition of Disabled People (ecdp). He is a tireless campaigner for the rights of disabled people and a celebrated Anglia Ruskin alumnus. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Education.

Stephen Remington, a former arts impresario, charity executive, and member of the prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts. For 20 years, Stephen has worked tirelessly to help to improve the services offered to visually impaired people.  By recognising his achievements, we have the opportunity to build closer links between our Vision and Eye Research Unit and the visually impaired community.

Dr Vasily Pasichnyk, a physician, researcher, humanitarian, and Director of the Centre for Social Rehabilitation of Disabled Children in Chernihiv, Ukraine, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences. Anglia Ruskin students, staff and alumni volunteer with his centre as part of the Mission Ukraine project. Dr Pasichnyk has an international reputation for his ability to treat children with problems caused by the after-effects of the Chernobyl incident.

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“We’re looking forward to welcoming back our successful students immensely. Graduations are always a tremendous occasion and we take great pride in seeing our graduates recognised for their achievement and hard work.
“Our honorary degree holders are chosen carefully and are also a source of great pride. These are people at the very top of their respective fields who will be excellent role models for our existing students.”

For the first time, the ceremonies will be streamed live and will be available to view on the internet at www.anglia.ac.uk/graduation