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Hats off for graduation

28 November 2012

Rachel Atkinson

A former national President and medical professor among recipients of Honorary Awards

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is conferring five honorary awards during the winter 2012 graduation ceremonies.

Former Guyana Presidents Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Royal Preston Hospital neurosurgeon Professor Charles Davis and voluntary worker Gulab Singh MBE are among the highly-acclaimed professionals to receive the prestigious prize.

UCLan will be holding its prestigious winter Degree and Award Ceremonies at the Guild Hall, Preston, from Monday, 3 December, to Wednesday, 5 December.

More than 1,400 students will collect their awards watched by family and friends

More than 1,400 students will collect their awards watched by family and friends, in a series of award ceremonies which will take place over three days.

During the week the University will be conferring Honorary Awards to the following:


Graduating School  Honorary Award
Monday, 3 December, 3.00pm
School of Health
School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
School of Social Work

Honorary Fellowship
Russell Hogarth -
in recognition of his voluntary work to support the University with particular focus on mental health issues.
Gulab Singh MBE - in recognition of his contribution to equality and diversity issues and also voluntary work in Preston.

Tuesday, 4 December, 11.00am
School of Built and Natural Environment
School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
School of Psychology
Honorary Fellowship
Professor Charles Davis
- in recognition of his contribution to neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.
Honorary Doctorate
Dr Bharrat Jagdeo
- in recognition of his contribution to sustainability and environmental issues.
Tuesday, 4 December, 3.00pm
Lancashire Business School
School of Art, Design and Performance
School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors
No Honorary Fellow
Wednesday, 5 December, 11.00am
Lancashire Law School
School of Education and Social Sciences
School of Journalism and Digital Communications
School of Literature, Languages and International Studies
Honorary Fellowship
Cliff Bashforth - in recognition of his contribution to image consultancy.


After each ceremony the Honorary Fellows will join University dignitaries in a procession from the Guild Hall to the University’s Foster building. The procession will give local people an opportunity to take part in the celebrations.