Bake Off host makes for Quite Interesting graduation at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Jul 09, 2018 10:56 AM |
Public figures from the worlds of cricket, academia, business and broadcast celebrate with graduands from 17 – 20 July

Issued by University of Leicester on 9 July 2018

Photographs of the honorands are available to download at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u433qahdrmsynzp/AADNdpXvv-N10FfTB-VRJZMLa?dl=0

Those bowled over by Bake-Off this year will find plenty to celebrate at the University of Leicester’s graduation ceremonies this summer.

Great British Bake Off and QI presenter Sandi Toksvig will join public figures from the worlds of cricket, academia, business and broadcast for a week of celebrations of University of Leicester graduands and their achievements at their graduation ceremonies from 17 – 20 July at De Montfort Hall.

Six distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees from the University, which also includes broadcaster and former cricketer Jonathan Agnew (‘Aggers’); space scientist and BBC Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock; Leicester entrepreneur Dorothy Francis; Professor Fiona Stafford, literature academic and frequent voice on BBC Radio 4; and Professor Sir John Savill, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council.

Around 3,500 University of Leicester graduands will receive their degrees across eight ceremonies representing the University’s three Colleges, before an audience of graduating students and their families.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle said: “University is the start of many great careers, including those of two of our own graduates that return to be honoured this week. Graduation is when we celebrate the culmination of the years of hard work and determination of our students, but it is not the end of their journey. As they look to their futures and launch their careers we are fortunate to also be honouring six individuals with inspiring stories of their very different and very successful paths in life.”

The University of Leicester will bestow honorary degrees upon six public figures of local, national and international renown at its graduation ceremonies on 17 - 20 at De Montfort Hall. The honorands at the University of Leicester’s graduation ceremonies this year are:

  • Sandi Toksvig OBE, comedian and television and radio presenter. She is currently presenter for The Great British Bake Off and QI, a founder of the Women’s Equality Party and Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. (Doctor of Letters, Tuesday 17 July at 11am)
  • Professor Fiona Stafford, Professor of English Language and Literature at University of Oxford and frequent contributor to BBC radio. (Doctor of Letters, Tuesday 17 July at 3pm)
  • Mr Jonathan Agnew MBE, DL, (‘Aggers’), cricket broadcaster and a former professional cricketer for Leicestershire and England. (Doctor of Letters, Wednesday 18 July, 11am)
  • Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, space scientist at University College London and co-presenter of the long-running astronomy BBC TV programme The Sky at Night. (Doctor of Science, Thursday 19 July at 11am)
  • Professor Sir John Savill, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and a Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh. (Doctor of Science, Thursday 19 July at 3pm)
  • Ms Dorothy Francis MBE, CEO of the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Agency (CASE) and an entrepreneur in residence in the School of Business. She has been recognised for services to enterprise and the communities of Leicester and Leicestershire and promoting business to women, especially women of colour and women from newly arrived communities. (Doctor of Laws, Friday 20 July at 3pm)

The summer graduation ceremonies will be first to be overseen by the newly installed Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Lord Willetts. His official installation will take place in advance of the graduation ceremonies.

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Additional resources will be made available at: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/for-journalists/graduation-ceremonies-1/summer-2018

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