University of Leicester honours its former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Bob Burgess

Posted by pt91 at Jul 16, 2015 11:45 AM |
Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws for distinguished academic leader

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 July 2015

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The University of Leicester is set to honour its former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, at the summer degree congregations.

Professor Burgess, who spent 15 years congratulating thousands of students as they collected their degrees will himself now take centre stage to receive a Leicester degree of his own.

The event, at De Montfort Hall on Friday 17 July, will see Professor Burgess, accompanied by Lady Burgess, being lauded for his achievements at Leicester and in higher education as a whole.

He will be conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws before a gathering of academic and civic leaders as well as students and their families from around the world.

He has already been knighted for his services to the sector and he currently leads a national review of the traditional degree classification system.

Professor Burgess said: “As the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, I feel very honoured to receive a degree from my University that has made a major impact locally, nationally and internationally. The University has made numerous contributions to the locality through research and teaching. There are many examples of high quality work in genetics, space science and more recently in archaeology through the discovery of Richard III – a piece of work which I hope will promote tourism and new jobs in the city and the county, thus utilising the importance of a university to its locality.”

Professor Sir Robert Burgess was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester for 15 years, prior to his retirement in September 2014. He is currently chair of NatCen Social Research, the country's largest independent research organisation, and of the Board of Governors for GSM, London, which provides higher education programmes. He is also President of the Society for Research in Higher Education and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He now chairs the Higher Education Achievement Report Implementation Group and the Grade Point Average Advisory Group.

In 2010, he was awarded a Knighthood for services to Higher Education.

He has held national roles in a range of major organisations including: President of the British Sociological Association, President of the Association for the Teaching of the Social Sciences and Founding Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education. He has been a member of the Council of the Economic and Social Research Council and a member of the British Library Board. He has been Chair of the Postgraduate Training Board of the Economic and Social Research Council and Chair of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the Research Information Network. He has also been Chair of the East Midlands Universities Association and Honorary Secretary of the Society for Research in Higher Education.

He was previously Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Director of CEDAR (Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research) and Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick.

His main publications include: Experiencing Comprehensive Education (1983), In the Field: An Introduction to Field Research (1984), Education, Schools and Schooling (1985), Sociology, Education and Schools (1986), Schools at Work (1988 with Rosemary Deem), Implementing In-Service Education and Training (1993 with John Connor, Sheila Galloway, Marlene Morrison and Malcolm Newton), Research Methods (1993) and Reflections of the University of Leicester (2010 with Joanne Wood) together with over twenty-four edited volumes on qualitative methods and education and over one hundred articles and book chapters.

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