'Hats off' to the Anglia Ruskin graduates of Cambridge

Published: 25 October 2006 at 11:58

Writing and eye care experts receive special honours.

Over 1000 students will graduate this month during three days of ceremonies in Cambridge staged by Anglia Ruskin University.

The students who will participate in six separate graduation events at the Corn Exchange – will be marking the completion of various higher education degree courses at the University.  They represent the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, the Ashcroft International Business School, the Faculty of Science & Technology, the Institute of Health and Social Care (IHSC) and the newly-merged HSHS Limited.

During the graduations a number of special awards will also presented during the faculty-themed ceremonies to various personalities in recognition of their special achievements.  On 7 November Jill Dawson, BA, MA, an exceptionally gifted writer who studied at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham will receive an Honorary Doctorate of the University during the graduation ceremony of the University’s Arts, Law and Social Sciences students.

A specialist in novels, poetry, non-fiction, short stories, radio, journalism and screenwriting, she has earned a dozen prizes and awards for her works.  In addition she has been elected to six different fellowships and taught and continues to teach creative writing at universities in Britain and the USA.

She has also played leading roles in conferences sponsored by the British Council, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Royal Literary Fund and Sheffield Hallam University, been involved in literature festivals across the UK and in Australia as well as being a consultant for the New Writing Partnership, National Academy of Writing and Escalator and Writers Pool.  Both these latter organisations encourage and mentor new writers and were, in fact, founded by Jill Dawson. Her latest novel, Watch Me Disappear has been long-listed for the Orange Prize.

Whilst on 8 November, during the graduation ceremony staged for the University’s Science and Technology students, an Honorary Doctorate will be presented to Douglas Perkins for his pioneering development of the British Optical industry, particularly in respect of the provision to communities of affordable eye care, and his major contributions to charitable medical organisations.

Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor David Tidmarsh said:

“As usual, this is a very busy time for Anglia Ruskin University. We are delighted to see so many fast-thinking, work ready graduates leaving us on such a high note.  Our English, optometry and ophthalmic dispensing students will be particularly inspired by the stories of the Honorary graduates who are participating in their respective ceremonies.  We hope that their very presence will give these students the drive to achieve similar goals in their careers.”