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Special investiture for new Vice-Chancellor

05 December 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Academics doffed caps to Professor Gerry Kelleher while six new Honorary Fellowships were conferred

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has officially invested Professor Gerry Kelleher into the role of Vice-Chancellor at a packed graduation ceremony.

Blackburn born Professor Kelleher was inducted by Brian Harris, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board, as part of the first day’s proceedings in Preston’s Guild Hall.

Academics and Honorary Fellows doffed their caps to the expert in artificial intelligence. Professor Kelleher, who was joined by his family on his special day, then delivered his acceptance address to the audience.

It was also a special time for six new Honorary Fellows and more than 1,500 students who collected their awards in a series of ceremonies which took place over three days.

The six highly-acclaimed professionals who received UCLan Honorary Fellowships were:

Ivan Day – he receives his award to acknowledge the way in which he has applied individual enterprise through modern technology to bring history alive. The food historian has an international reputation for his research on British and European culinary history. As well as a being a scholar, broadcaster and writer, he is also a gifted professional cook and confectioner. He is noted particularly for his re-creations of meals and table setting and his work has been exhibited in museums across the globe.

Professor Mary Kellett – she receives her award to acknowledge her significant contribution as a pioneer of children’s active participation in social research. The Lancastrian worked as a social worker and a primary school teacher before embarking on her career in children’s research. She established the Open University’s internationally renowned Children’s Research Centre and has been a huge contributor to UCLan’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation in Research.

Stephen Hodder MBE – he receives his award in acknowledgement of the major contributions he has made to the field of architecture. After graduating from university he joined the Preston-based firm Building Design Partnership. Then in 1992 he formed his own practice, the award-winning Hodder Associates and went on to become the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West Region Chairman. Stephen, who was awarded an MBE in 1998, is currently the President of the RIBA.

Adrian Conboy – he receives his award in acknowledgement of his significant contribution to paramedic practice. The proud Lancastrian’s career has spanned 39 years in the health care industry with 34 of those spent in the NHS Ambulance Service. The pioneering paramedic was hugely instrumental in the creation of the service and the training of its people. He worked with UCLan in 2004 to develop the first ever BSc paramedic degree programme and later became an associate paramedic lecturer practitioner.

John Mellor-Clark – he receives his award in acknowledgement of his substantial contribution to the development of practice-based evidence for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. The UCLan alumnus has spent 25 years evaluating the quality of psychological therapies and has been central to the development and implementation of CORE; the first standardised quality evaluation system for psychological therapies. Noted as a global keynote speaker, he has established his own specialist software business.

Trevor Mather – he receives his award in recognition of the strong partnership he has sustained between the University and the global software company ThoughtWorks which provides many opportunities to our students both in the UK and overseas. The Leyland born businessman has spent more than 20 years working in top positions for internationally renowned companies. He has developed close links to LaunchPad, UCLan’s pioneering business programme, and had delivered a host of keynote lectures.