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Published: 02/11/2011 12:49 

Students celebrate graduation success 


Over 2,000 students will be receiving their undergraduate, postgraduate and professional qualifications at ceremonies on 7th, 8th and 9th November.  Students who have studied at the Oxstalls campus will attend ceremonies on 18th November at Gloucester Cathedral.

Honorary awards will be given to outstanding individuals who have a connection to the University or the County of Gloucestershire.

This year they are: Sarah Bowden, Professor Brenda Gourley, Roger Head, the Reverend Canon Malcolm Herbert, David Jarvis and Sue Johnston.

Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Marston said:
“Our annual graduation ceremonies are a highpoint in the academic year, with an opportunity to celebrate both the achievements of our graduands and our high-achieving Honorary Doctors and Fellows who have made a significant contribution to their chosen fields.”

“We look forward to these special occasions and welcoming our graduates and our special guests to the ceremonies in Cheltenham and Gloucester.”

Honorary Recipients

Sarah BowdenSarah Bowden arrived in Gloucestershire in 1998.  She completed a degree in sculpture at the University of Gloucestershire in 2002 and, in the same year, was short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize.  Sarah went on to build an artistic practice involving video, book-works, photography, drawing and writing and, in doing so, obtained a number of bursaries and residency awards. In 2009, she completed an MA in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire investigating the nature and means of cultural production.
In 2007 Sarah founded MEANTIME Project-Space in central Cheltenham and she continues to co-ordinate and develop the organization today. MEANTIME is a unique resource in the region, presenting a varied programme of month-long artists' residencies and public events that provides a platform for experimentation and active engagement in current arts practice.
An Honorary Master of Arts degree is being awarded to Sarah in recognition of her continued support for the arts in Cheltenham and for her support of the University.

Brenda GourleyThe University is awarding an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy to Professor Brenda Gourley for her outstanding work in and significant contribution to the education and public sectors.

Professor Gourley was Vice-Chancellor and CEO of The Open University from 2002 to 2009. Before that she occupied the same position at one of South Africa’s largest universities, the University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal).

Professor Gourley’s interests include Higher Education strategy and trends, the world of open and distance education, leadership, ethics and the role of universities in their communities (which includes the importance of volunteering roles for university students). She is a founder member of the Talloires Network of universities involved in civic engagement and remains on its Steering Committee.

She has numerous publications in books, journals and periodicals and is a frequent speaker at conferences and gatherings all over the world. In 2009 she was named as one of the UK’s most inspiring women in the Women in Public Life awards, receiving the International Public Servant of the Year and overall Outstanding Achiever awards.

Roger HeadRoger Head was born in Gloucester in 1951 and was educated at the Central Technology School for boys and Gloucester Technical College. He has had a successful business career in Gloucester spanning 40 years, primarily in commercial property and telecommunications.

Roger’s passion has been the restoration of Highnam Court and gardens.In bringing them back to their former glory, he has created an attraction which draws thousands of visitors each year and which raises funds for his nominated charities.

Roger is a Board member for Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company Ltd and the Three Counties Agricultural Society as well as being Chairman of The Pied Piper Appeal and Gloucester Community Foundation. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2007.

An Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy is being awarded to Roger in recognition of his long-standing contributions to the county of Gloucestershire, his extensive charitable works and his continuing contribution as an ambassador for the University.

Reverend Canon Malcolm Herbert was born and educated in Cheltenham.  Following his initial education at the Lakeside Primary and Cheltenham Grammar schools, he read Theology at King’s College London. He subsequently completed a PGCE at St Mary’s College, Cheltenham and taught at St Mark’s School in Benhall before going forward for ordination in the Church of England. 

Malcolm has since worked as a Vicar in a variety of places ranging from Wotton-under-Edge to Woking.  As Vicar of Christ Church, Woking he led the development of Town Centre and Youth Ministries which continue to be a model for many church communities. Malcolm spent five years in the Bristol Diocese as Director of Ordinands and Curate Training and has, since 2007, been Vicar of Hounslow in West London.

Malcolm has been a Fellow of the Foundation of the University since 1989 and has also been a member of the University’s Council since 2003. He was Vice-Chair of Council for a short time before serving as Chair from 2009 until October 2011.

An Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy is being awarded to Malcolm in recognition of his long-standing contributions to the University of Gloucestershire.

David JarvisDavid Jarvis studied Landscape Architecture at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design from 1972-76.  After working in public and private practice, he established David Jarvis Associates in 1982.  This multi-disciplinary practice has worked throughout Europe, the Middle East and Caribbean on projects ranging from national strategic planning to local detailed design.

From 1995-97 he was chairman of The Landscape Alliance representing 25,000 landscape architects worldwide and from 2000-2002 he was President of The Landscape Institute, the body chartered by the UK Government in all matters related to landscape.

David is being awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his work in the field of Landscape Architecture and for his continued support of and personal contribution to the University.

Sue JohnstonSue Johnston is the recipient of an Honorary Master of Science degree in recognition of her long-standing and professional commitment to the well-being and pastoral care of students within Higher Education.

Born in Edinburgh, Sue moved to Gloucestershire in 1962.  She attended Stroud High School and later graduated in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia.  Sue then taught in Nigeria and London, initially with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), before returning to Gloucestershire in 1979.  After working in various settings with emotionally disturbed teenagers, unemployed adults and women returnees, she qualified as a counsellor in 1989. 

Sue was recruited to set up a counselling service at the former St Paul’s and St Mary’s Colleges of Education in Cheltenham.  As Head of the Counselling Service and a member of the Student Services management team, Sue played an active part in the development of student support as the University of Gloucestershire evolved.  She also served on and chaired two of the committees of the national body HUCS (Heads of University Counselling Services). 

Since retiring in 2009, Sue has trained to become an advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau.


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