Students and honoraries graduate from Anglia Ruskin in Chelmsford

Published: 30 November 2007 at 11:07

Baroness Platt, Brian Couzens, Andrew Marsden and Colin Day among the honoraries.

Over 1500 university students have graduated during five days of ceremonies staged by Anglia Ruskin University at Chelmsford Cathedral during November.

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

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

“This is a very proud moment for me. These immensely hard-working, fast-thinking graduates are leaving us now with great confidence to start or accelerate their careers. We wish them every success in their chosen endeavours and hope they will be inspired by the stories of our distinguished honorary graduates to go on to achieve equally great things.”

At the same time as the student graduations took place a number of Honorary Doctorate awards were presented to various individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements. On 20 November Brian Couzens and Robert Barclay Woods CBE were honoured. 

Brian Couzens, from Essex, is founder of Chandos Records. He has been recognised for turning his passion for classical music into a personal crusade to champion rare and neglected classical repertoire. His company, Chandos Records, is one of the world’s largest independent classical recording labels.  While Robert Barclay Woods was honoured for his long and dedicated services to P&O. He was born in 1946 and educated at Cambridge University where he graduated with a degree in economics and history. 

He joined P&O General Cargo Division in 1971 and transferred to Overseas Containers Limited (later P&O Containers Limited) in 1980. He is, today, Chairman of P&O ferries, Southampton Container Terminal and Tilbury Container Services and is a special advisor to DP World’s parent company, P&F World FZE.  Last year, he was appointed Chairman of the Mission of Seafarers. 

On 21 November Colin Day was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University for his unfailing and unprecedented contribution to the quality, credibility and standing of Anglia Ruskin University over the last decade.  He has a twelve year association with Anglia Ruskin University’s Board of Governors, serving the University most notably during his term as chairman. 

On 22 November Baroness Platt CBE DL received an Honorary Doctorate during a ceremony for students of the Faculty of Science and Technology. She was honoured for her outstanding contribution to science throughout her career. It is well known that she is a Member of the Conservative Peers; and has served widely as a Councillor working with Chelmsford Rural District Council and Essex County Council, rising to hold the posts of Chairman of the Education Committee and Vice Chair of the Council.  She is also a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Essex, and an honorary Alderman of the Council. 

Professor Barry Carpenter OBE and Andrew Marsden both received their honours on 23 November. Professor Carpenter is Chief Executive of Sunfield, a UK national charity for children with autistic spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities, which provides education and care for children and young people. He acts as Director of Research to the Sunfield Research Institute and is Honorary Professor of Early Childhood Intervention at the University of Worcester. 

Andrew Marsden is recognised for his long and dedicated contribution to Britvic Soft Drinks and his illustrious record as a highly successful marketeer.He graduated with an honours degree in Business from Bradford, joined Britvic Soft Drinks in 1997 and headed up the marketing department for ten years.  During that time he led some of the company’s biggest launches as it expanded its presence in the rapidly-growing still-drinks market. 

The final honours to be awarded at this year’s graduation ceremonies was bestowed on Steve Freer and Asaf Pirali on 24 November.

Steve Freer will pick up an Honorary Doctorate of the University award for his own personal career achievements and for his work in championing both academic and professional education.  His is the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) which is the only chartered accountancy body focusing on public services. 

While Asaf Pirali is recognized as a pioneer of private higher level education for the people of Trinidad and Tobago which is one of the wealthiest and fastest-developing islands of the Caribbean. 23 years ago, Asaf Pirali founded the School of Accounting and Management (or SAM) in Trinidad. Its aim is to provide higher level education for the population of Trinidad and Tobago outside of the traditional university sector. 

It is for his contribution to the development of private tertiary education in Trinidad and Tobago, for his contribution to the Ashcroft International Business School and for his wider contribution to social wellbeing that he is being honoured by the University.