Celebrating Achievements at Graduation Ceremonies – FE News

More than 2,700 future graduates will be joined by family and friends at Chester Cathedral this week to celebrate their achievements.

The University of Chester will hold its graduation ceremonies over four days, from Tuesday 1 November to Friday 4 November.

They will be joined by seven inspirational individuals who will also be recognized by the University for their achievements in their respective fields, including sports, business, music and the arts.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Eunice Simmons, said: “We look forward to welcoming our latest graduates to celebrate their achievements in the majestic setting of Chester Cathedral. We congratulate them and accompany them in the beginning of their career.

“We are also very pleased to welcome distinguished individuals who have given so much to society and it is with great pleasure that we award them honorary degrees which recognize their significant achievements.

Ceremony 2

Claire Harvey MBE will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport, diversity and inclusion.

Claire is an experienced leader, inclusion expert and Paralympian. Currently working as Head of Global Inclusion for Vodafone, and previously as Head of Inclusive Leadership at KPMG, Claire is recognized as a global leader in diversity, inclusion and culture, integrating the management of change and leadership behaviors in impactful change.

Ceremony 3

Joëlle Warren MBE, DL will receive an honorary Master of Business Administration (MBA) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business.

Joëlle is the founding partner of Warren Partners, the Cheshire-based recruitment firm, where she chairs the Board of Employee-Owned Trust and advises on appointments of chairpersons and non-executives to companies across the UK. She is passionate about improving efficiency in the boardroom by striking the right balance between skills, diversity and experience and has worked with the government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , FTSE Women Leaders and CBI’s Change the Race Ratio to ensure Warren Partners takes a lead in initiatives to move the dial on leadership diversity, particularly in the regions and beyond the FTSE 350 She was appointed vice-lord-lieutenant of Cheshire in 2010 and served as founding chair of the Cheshire Community Foundation from 2011. Vice-chair of the North West Business Leadership Team, Joëlle is also a non-executive director of the board. the Chester Race Company and the CBI SME Council. In 2019 she was appointed by the Prime Minister to chair the Crown Appointments Commission for the appointment of the next Archbishop of York. She obtained an MBE in 2016 for business services.

Ceremony 4

Professor Henry Sun will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business.

Henry X. Hong Sun is Dean of International Affairs of the Institute of Urban Governance at Shenzhen University and a member of the Academic Committee of the Institute of Global Cooperation and Understanding at Peking University. Professor Sun’s current and past academic affiliations include fellowships at Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford (2011), ASH Center, Harvard Kennedy School (2010), Asian Studies Center, Sciences Po, Paris (2009), American Studies Center , Beijing University (2008 ); Member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Political Marketing (USA) and the Journal of Public Affairs (UK); Visiting Professor at the University of Chester Business School, China University of Politics and Law, Jiangxi University of Economics and Finance, and New York Institute of Technology Management School, where he has given lectures. lectures on international marketing, consumer behavior and political marketing.

He said: “With the encouragement of an honorary degree from the University of Chester, I will continue to promote communication and cooperation between people in a global village where the sun never sets!”

Ceremony 5

Keith Skempton CBE, DL will receive an honorary Master of Business Administration (MBA) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the work of the Cheshire Military Museum.

Major General Keith Skempton CBE DL has held many roles in the military throughout his distinguished career. As a Colonel, he oversaw support to the 1st Armored Division, just returning from the Iraq War in 1991. He then went to Army Headquarters and was responsible for supporting logistics operations ex- Yugoslavia both in the United Nations and NATO configuration.

Promoted and posted as Brigadier, Chief of Staff in Cyprus, he was then brought into the NATO Rapid Reaction Corps as Deputy Chief of Staff in support of General Sir Mike Jackson and sent on early reconnaissance to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (now North Macedonia). ) in order to assess the needs of a possible operation in Kosovo. This led him to command the forward group in Skopje and set up conditions and facilities to receive the headquarters of the Rapid Reaction Corps and the lead elements of the five attached NATO brigades. He coordinated the logistical needs of the corps and interfaced with non-governmental organizations helping to set up refugee camps for approximately 250,000 refugees. He later received the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service. He was later promoted to Major General as Deputy Chief of Staff to the four-star US Admiral responsible for NATO’s southern region in Naples, where Keith’s experience proved invaluable when Force size reductions within NATO were necessary.

On his retirement from the army, he retained his role as Honorary Colonel of the Cheshire Regiment. Amalgamation of the battalion was necessary and in 2007 the regiment was formed into The Mercian Regiment.

Civilian work began as Business Development Manager at Ferranti in Bangor, followed by 18 months as Operations Manager at Chester Cathedral, then Director of Defense at Capita Property and Infrastructure in a defense advisory role and business development. Since then, he has been an independent adviser, but he has also been a director of the Military Museum of the castle. He is also Chairman of SSAFA Cheshire and Deputy County Lieutenant.

He said: “I am very honored to receive this award and believe it is valuable recognition of transferable skills in regards to my military and business career as well as my involvement in military heritage and service charities. .”

Ceremony 6

Lady Rose Cholmondeley will receive an honorary Master of Music (MMus) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the arts.

Rose Cholmondeley grew up in Cheshire at Cholmondeley Castle. She went to Cranborne Chase School where she was encouraged by Harrison Birtwhistle to study music. She then joined the National Youth Orchestra and attended the Arts Educational Trust School in London before going to the Royal College of Music where she obtained an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM).

Continuing her studies in Paris, she obtained the Interpreter’s Diploma from the Rachmaninoff Conservatory while studying with the Polish professor Constantin Schmaeling, famous for the interpretation of Chopin.

She was introduced to the Chopin Society in London by its then President, the eminent pianist Louis Kentner and in 1985 was invited by the Society’s founder, Lucie Swiatek, to become its President. She has performed all over the world and on the occasion of Chopin’s Bicentenary 2020 she appeared on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC TV and was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 woman’s hour. She also hosted a series of events around London at Chopin-related venues.

Since 1991, the Chopin Society, under his chairmanship, has held major fundraising events at venues such as Lambeth Palace, the House of Commons, Lancaster House, Strawberry Hill House and, in particular, four at the Guildhall in London, where Chopin last performed. time.

Ceremony 9

Valérie Masterson will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music (DMus) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the arts.

Valerie Masterson studied first at Matthay School of Music in Liverpool and later at the Royal College of Music where she received the Queen’s Award for Outstanding Student of the Year and a Countess of Munster Award for Studying singing in Milan. She made her concert debut in the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts under Sir Malcolm Sargent while still a student. She made her operatic debut a year later at the Landestheater in Salzburg.

She went on to sing at all the major opera houses around the world, including English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Cogent Garden, as well as the Metropolitan, New York, La Scala Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Geneva, Barcelona, ​​Santiago, San Francisco and many more. She has numerous awards to her credit, including the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award for Most Outstanding Solo Opera Performance. She received a CBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 1987, in 1993 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, an RAM in 1994 and a Doctor of Letters from South Bank University in 1999.

She is vice-president of the British Youth Opera, the Rossini Society of Paris, the Mousehole Male Voice Choir and many others.

She says: “I am delighted to receive such a prodigious honor today, as having left as a student born and raised in Cheshire and traveled the world, it completes my career and is the culmination of a dream come true.”

Ceremony 11

Stephen McGann will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts.

Stephen McGann is a leading British actor who has worked extensively in British theater and on screen for 40 years. He can currently be seen playing the role of Dr Turner in the BBC’s worldwide hit medical TV series Call the midwife.

Stephen is also an avid speaker, writer and broadcaster on the role of science and medicine in popular culture. He holds an MA in Science Communication from Imperial College London and has been a guest speaker at Cambridge, Cheltenham, Oxford and Imperial Science Festivals. In 2017, Stephen published a family memoir titled flesh and blood – a social history of his Liverpool Irish family told through the medical ailments each generation has suffered. More recently, Stephen wrote Call the Midwife – A Labor of Love – a celebration of ten years of Call the midwifefeaturing behind-the-scenes stories and thoughts from the cast and crew.

He said: “As a child of Liverpool, I am particularly proud and delighted to have received an honorary degree from the University of Chester. When I was a kid, Chester was a place I escaped to – full of the history I loved. The Roman Museum – the beautiful old cathedral – a place where a bookish working class child could dream and imagine places beyond themselves. This is where all good education begins; traveling to new places that can challenge and spark passion. Chester was all of that, and it’s nice to come back and say thank you for what he gave me.

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