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  • Graduation 2014. Monday 21 July 2014

  • Your graduation day is a special day for you and your family, a day for celebrating your achievements and looking forward to a bright future. As a graduate of the University of Sheffield you have every reason to be proud. You are joining a long tradition of excellence stretching back more than 100 years.

    The University of Sheffield was founded with the amalgamation of the School of Medicine, Sheffield Technical School and Firth College. In 1905, we received a Royal Charter and Firth Court was officially opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. At that time, there were 363 students reading for degrees in arts, pure science, medicine and applied science. By the time of our centenary, there were over 25,000 students from more than 100 countries, across 70 academic departments.

    Today, a degree from Sheffield is recognised all over the world as a hallmark of academic excellence. We are proud of our graduates and we are confident that you will make a difference wherever you choose to build your future.

    With every generation of graduates, our university goes from strength to strength.

    This is the original fundraising poster from 1904/1905 which helped raise donations for the University of Sheffield.

    Over £50,000 (worth more than £15 million today) was donated by steelworkers, coal miners, factory workers and the people of Sheffield in penny donations to help found the University.

    A century on, the University is now rated as one of the top world universities – according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

    The University of Sheffield

    This is the original fundraising poster from 1904/1905 which helped raise donations for the University of Sheffield.

    the people of Sheffield in penny donations to help found the University.

    A century on, the University is now rated as one of the top world universities – according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

  • Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

    1The University of Sheffield Graduation: Monday 21 July 2014

    For all of us here at the University, this is one of the high points in the year, as we congratulate you on your achievements and share with you in your hopes and plans for the future.

    But this is by no means the end of your association with the University. Today you are joining the ever-growing global community of University of Sheffield alumni. We hope that you will keep in touch with us, and with each other, in the years to come.

    Congratulations to you and a warm welcome to your family and friends. We hope everyone here today enjoys this very special occasion.

    Professor Sir Keith Burnett

    The Chancellor, Sir Peter Middleton, GCB is the senior lay Officer of the University and is the President of its Court and Convocation. He is the figurehead of the University, advancing its interests wherever he can.

    Sir Peter Middleton was born and educated in Sheffield. He is a graduate of the University of Sheffield (BA 1955, Economics) and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 1984. Sir Peter has served as Chancellor of the University since 1999 and is an Honorary Professor in the Management School.

    Sir Peter spent nearly 30 years as an official in the Treasury, working closely with nine chancellors and was Permanent Secretary from 1983 to 1991.

    Knighted in 1984, Sir Peter joined Barclays Bank in 1991, serving until 2004 as Deputy Chairman, CEO and Chairman. From 2004 to 2006 he was President of the British Bankers Association. He is currently UK Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

    The Chancellor

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    Reasons to be Proud Graduation is a time to recognise and celebrate achievement and success, and every graduate has a story to tell of effort and attainment.

    You should feel proud you are graduating from a world-leading university that is helping address some of the most urgent challenges facing society today.

    That’s why some of the world’s most talented, ambitious staff and students come here, finding a place they can challenge accepted wisdom, push boundaries and break the mould.

  • As a place to live and study, we believe Sheffield is impossible to beat.

    And the latest Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey highlights just how special Sheffield is, voted number one in the UK for student experience.

    We believe that’s because we are building something very special here in the city we call home - academic excellence and the very best student experience.

    Pioneered

    • Professor Nikki Dibben’s extraordinary collaboration with Björk becomes a major cultural event.

    • Politics Professor Matthew Flinders’ new parliament module is formally accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons, making it the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

    • 900 students work with businesses on ‘Engineering: You’re Hired!’, a new module for second years.

    • Dr Bob McKay – School of English – and final-year student Matthew Holman win an HEA award for the new interdisciplinary research module they created.

    • Our pioneering AMRC Training Centre, opened its doors to its first 150 apprentices to provide the next generation of world leading engineers.

    Recognised

    • Stonewall ranks us among the UK’s top 100 inclusive employers.

    • We received an Athena Swan Award for recruiting and supporting women in science, engineering and technology.

    • We were ranked in the top 100 of World University Rankings 2013.

    • We are one of only 15 universities chosen by the government to provide courses in quantitative methods for the next generation of social scientists.

    • The #weareinternational campaign wins the Internationalising the Student Experience category at the National Union of Students (NUS) and UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Internationalisation Awards.

    • Dr Fay Hield, Department of Music, wins two prizes at the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

    • Our Faculty of Arts and Humanities is one of the top 100 arts and humanities faculties in the 2013 QS world university rankings.

    • University social enterprise group Enactus Sheffield are crowned UK National Champions and will compete in the Enactus World Cup in Bejing.

    Honoured

    • Four staff from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health are on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

    • Professor Alan Walker from the Faculty of Social Sciences is awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

    • Professor Mike Braddick and Professor Glynis Jones become Fellows of the British Academy.

    • Three academics are honoured by the Academy of Social Sciences.

    • Professor Keith Ridgway, founder of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, is honoured by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

    • Terry Croft is recognised as one of the UK’s 100 leading scientists.

    • Professors Steven Armes, David Beerling and Tom Bridgeland in the Faculty of Science are elected Fellows of the Royal Society.

    Invested

    • The new management school opens for business.

    • Our new 301 centre opens and takes a holistic approach to skills development.

    • The extended Union of Students building has more room for fruitful partnerships between the University, students and the city. And it’s more energy efficient than ever.

    • Foundations are laid for The Diamond – an £81m building where we will redefine the study of engineering.

    • We invest almost £40m in bursaries, scholarships and fee waivers.

    • A donation of $1m by alumni Sir Sze-yuen Chung helps to fund the Pam Liversidge Building.

    The University of Sheffield Graduation: Monday 21 July 2014 3

    1 Big Thank You

  • 4 The University of Sheffield Graduation: Monday 21 July 2014

    Honorary Degrees The University of Sheffield confers honorary degrees (or degrees honoris causa – as a ‘mark of honour’) on people who have given distinguished service or brought distinction to the University, the City of Sheffield or the region. They may be individuals of national or international standing or alumni of the University who have risen to the heights of their chosen profession or field of service.

    The University tradition of recognising excellence in this way dates back to the first congregation to award Sheffield degrees. This took place on 2 July 1908 in Firth Hall, and the first honorary degree was awarded to the then Chancellor, the Duke of Norfolk. The University is proud to include many notable figures amongst its honorary graduates in the years since and 2014 is no exception.

    Professor Sir Harry Kroto FRS

    Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Harry Kroto FRS, the discoverer of a new form of carbon – buckminsterfullerene – and a Chemistry graduate of the University (BSc 1961, PhD 1964), was awarded an honorary degree (DSc) in 1995. The Kroto Research Institute is named in his honour.

    Sir Harry Kroto Science Photo Library

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    Lesley Garrett CBE, FRAM

    The popular soprano, recording artist and television personality, Lesley Garrett, was born in Thorne, near Doncaster. In 2013 she returned to the stage with Opera North, singing the role of Ell