November graduation celebrations at Chelmsford

Published: 15 November 2005 at 15:09

Over 1200 university students have graduated during five days of ceremonies staged by Anglia Ruskin University, at Chelmsford Cathedral, during November.

The students were marking the completion of various higher education degree courses at the University. They represented all five faculties within the University: the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, the Ashcroft International Business School, the Institute of Health and Social Care, the Faculty of Science & Technology and the Faculty of Education.

At the same time as the student graduations took place, a number of special awards were presented to various individuals in recognition of their special achievements. On 9 November, the legendary business expert Sir John Harvey-Jones MBE was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University. A former Chairman of ICI and for three years running voted Britain's Most Impressive Industrialist by his peers, Sir John Harvey-Jones is probably best known and most admired for his two series of BBC Television programmes Troubleshooter, filmed in 1986 and 1990. Such was the success of the programme, that ten years later the BBC made another series.

Honorary Doctorates were also presented to Professor Tony Powell MA, for playing a key role in the recent development of Anglia Ruskin University; and to June Keyte MBE and Christopher Keyte, for their lifetime contribution to music and music education.

Professor Tony Powell, who received his award on 10 November enjoyed a career in higher education which spanned 42 years. A mathematician by training and computer scientist by vocation, he was educated at Cambridge and Birmingham Universities. He guided the evolution of Anglia Ruskin University through the early day amalgamation of the Essex Institute of Higher Education in Chelmsford and Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology in Cambridge. He was presented with his award by Anglia Ruskin Chairman, Colin Day, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford and Professor David Tidmarsh, Vice Chancellor of the University.

The musically gifted husband and wife team, June and Christopher Keyte, also picked up honorary awards. June Keyte's distinguished 45 year career in Enfield has encapsulated such posts as Director of Music in comprehensive, preparatory and independent schools, as well as conducting children's choirs. She conducted BBC Schools Radio Programmes for 25 years and directs many international education recordings and numerous television programmes in the UK and abroad.

Christopher has pursued an international career as a singer, during which time he has worked on over 50 recordings and has had many solo performances on both television and radio. He has appeared in prestigious festivals and many of the major concert halls of the British Isles. In 1983 he was appointed Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music and in 1998 he sang at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.

June founded Children's Voices of Enfield in 1994, a children's choir that has won much national acclaim for its work. Christopher is the Associate Conductor.