November graduation celebrations at Cambridge

Published: 25 November 2005 at 15:24

Over 1000 students have graduated during three days of ceremonies in Cambridge staged by Anglia Ruskin University during November.

The students who participated in six separate graduation events at the Corn Exchange - were marking the completion of various higher education degree courses at the University. They represented the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, the Ashcroft International Business School and the Faculty of Science & Technology.

During the graduations a number of special awards were also presented to various personalities in recognition of their special achievements. On 22 November the actor and television comedian Stephen Fry was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University during a ceremony for students of Arts Law and Social Sciences. A former Cambridge University and Norwich City College student, he is no stranger to the region. During his time in Cambridge, while studying for an English degree, he joined the Cambridge Footlights Review which launched him on a mutli-faceted entertainment career.

In television comedy he has starred in Alfresco and Jeeves and Wooster (for Granada); Blackadder, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Absolute Power and In the Red (for BBC), together with a host of television dramas. He has had numerous film appearances and directorships and has won several awards as a stage actor. He hosts the BBC quiz show IQ.

Honorary Doctorates were also presented to Matthew Bullock, who has had a distinguished record of leadership in financial services and business, and Doctor Neville Silverston, MBE, MBChB, FRCGP, a doctor and communications innovator, who established the Mid-Anglia GP Accident Service (MAGPAS).

Matthew Bullock, who received his award on 23 November is known within the business world both regionally and nationally. He has held senior directorships/chief executive roles with Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, BZW and Barclays. He has also made major contributions to the evolution of government policy especially in relation to regional economic development and technology transfer and has been very active at the level of corporate development in higher education.

Dr Neville Silverston, who also picked up his special award on 23 November, was at one time working or on-call for 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no support staff and not being contactable when on home visits. That experience prompted the Bottisham GP to develop the long range pocket pager.

Later he set up Cambridge Medical Answering Services to provide local GPs, District Nurses and Midwives with this communication facility. In 1971, he helped to use this technology to provide a medical service for use at the scene of road accidents and other emergencies. He established the Mid-Anglia GP Accident Service (MAGPAS) which led to his being awarded the MBE. Later he assisted in setting up the Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice at Addenbrooke's Hospital for which he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

A posthumous degree in Forensic Science was awarded to Sally Geeson on 24 November during a poignant ceremony in which many of her friends graduated. Sally's mother Sue accepted the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree on Sally's behalf.