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Four days of University of Cumbria graduation ceremonies are due to take place at Carlisle Cathedral on Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July.The students, supported by invited family and friends, will celebrate their achievements in graduating with postgraduate, honours and foundation degrees in a range of subjects in the arts, business, sport, education, health and nursing.
The students will be joined by a number of the university’s special guests – those who have been nominated to receive the award of honorary fellow. Honorary fellowships are awarded in recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the university and/or in support of a variety of causes linked to the work of the university, and at the ceremonies next week will be presented to:
Former England team captain Stephen Borthwick, for his outstanding contribution to the world of rugby union football
David Gould, for his outstanding contribution to the campaign for peace and community cohesion
Carlisle born John Myers, for his outstanding contribution to the radio industry
Anne Pierson, for her outstanding contribution to the arts and creative writing.
Professor Shirley Reveley, for her outstanding contribution to nursing and the establishment of the nurse practitioner programme and service
Paul Rose, broadcaster, journalist, author and explorer, for his outstanding contribution to the understanding of the natural world, the challenges of scientific research and his broadcasting work that
Former interim vice chancellor at the university, Professor Graham Upton, for his outstanding contribution to higher education and to the University of Cumbria.
Prior to each graduation ceremony, there will be a formal procession into the cathedral with staff and students in academic robes. Celebratory receptions will take place at the Crown & Mitre hotel immediately after each ceremony.
A number of University of Cumbria students will also receive special prizes for exceptional academic excellence.
Two of the university's law students will be presented with their prizes on Wednesday 18 July at 10.00. The Sweet and Maxwell prize for Best Law Student goes to Alexander Wood, while Lilian Ajufo receives the Sweet and Maxwell prize for Outstanding Endeavour.
Ernest Wagner, a BSc Applied Psychology student, will receive the British Psychological Society (BPS) prize for achieving the highest grades on his course. This will be awarded at Wednesday 18 July on 12.00.
The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) Award will go to Carrie Wallace on Wednesday 18 July at 15.00. This annual prize is awarded to the forestry student with the best academic performance on the course. Carrie is a BSc (Hons) Forestry student.
Seven BSc Diagnostic Radiography students will receive prizes, awarded on Thursday 19 at 12.00. Katie Aspin will receive the Challen Prize for Ethical Behaviour; Louise Cowburn will be presented with the Colin Gibson Award for the highest overall score in anatomical knowledge. Rebecca Maude will receive the Christine Jones Prize and Aynslie Couling will receive the Olwyn Thomson Award, both for endeavour, while the Dr Harold Tulloh Prize will be presented to Rebecca Hankin who had the best academic score in clinical technique. And finally, the Amanda Britton Prize will be awarded jointly to Kate Etherington and Jenefer Harrison