Winter graduation 2020
This week from Tuesday 14 January - Friday 17 January 2020, winter graduations are taking place for postgraduates. It's a time to celebrate the success of our students as well as the dedication and hard work of colleagues from across the University.
From those who have taught, supervised and supported our students, to the people working to make sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes on the day, thank you for the part you have played in helping our students enjoy this special moment with their families and friends.
Attending the ceremonies alongside our students are four prestigious honorary graduates:
The Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal OBE (LittD)
The Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal was once a refugee. Despite racism and bullying in his early years he persevered with his education, gaining a first-class degree in theology and becoming a Methodist minister. He promotes interfaith dialogue and supports immigrant communities, most importantly helping to set up the City of Sanctuary movement, which reaches out and welcomes refugees. He was President of the Methodist Conference, received the World Methodist Peace Award and appointed OBE for services to interfaith relations.
Inderjit will receive his Honorary Doctorate on Tuesday 14 January at 3.30pm.
Douglas Chi-Chui Young Young (LittD)
Douglas Young (BA Architectural Studies 1986) is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) Ltd, the multi-award-winning lifestyle and retail brand based in his native Hong Kong. He is a leading voice on design, the arts, creativity and entrepreneurship in the city, promoting the development of a distinctive Hong Kong style that marries traditional design with contemporary flair. He actively encourages the next generation of designers to draw inspiration from their thriving culture.
Douglas will receive his Honorary Doctorate on Wednesday 15 January at 3.45pm.
Jackie Hunter CBE (DSc)
Jackie Hunter is a pioneer in the bioscience research sector. She is a Board Director of BenevolentAI and the Chief Executive of its Clinical and Strategic Partnerships, leading the company’s use of artificial intelligence to enable new drugs to be discovered. She is also a Visiting Professor of Life Sciences at Imperial College London, holds a personal chair from St George’s Hospital Medical School, and is a former Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Jackie will receive her Honorary Doctorate on Thursday 16 January at 12.15pm.
George Ergatoudis (DMus)
George Ergatoudis is one of the most influential and highly respected figures in the British music industry. He joined Apple UK & Ireland as Head of Music in 2018, following successful appointments as Head of Music Culture, International at Spotify and Head of Music at BBC Radio 1. He is credited with championing major new talent throughout his career, including Dizzee Rascal, Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, The 1975 and Adele.
George will receive his Honorary Doctorate on Friday 17 January at 3.45pm.