Bradford College Announces Honorary Fellows 2014

Nick Baines smBradford College has announced that it will award five Honorary Fellowships during graduation ceremonies at St George’s Hall, Bradford on 1st and 2nd December 2014. An Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour that the College can give to individuals to recognise their outstanding service or support to the College or city and district of Bradford.

The Bradford College graduation ceremonies will be broadcast live to audiences on the Big Screen in City Park and on the World Wide Web.

Audiences will see the 2014 Bradford College Honorary Fellows step up to receive their awards from Bradford College Principal, Mrs Kathryn Oldale and Chair of Corporation, Mr Richard Wightman OBE.  These include: Paul Hudson the BBC Look North Weather Forecaster, who has been a permanent fixture on our TV screens since 1997; Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Ingrid became the first female Lord-Lieutenant in the north of England in 2004; Bishop Nick Baines, The Anglican Bishop of Leeds for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, who is known to millions due to his broadcasts and books;  Mr Paul Mackie, the Chairman of Rex Procter & Partners, who joined the company 24 years ago and now leads six different companies which together have 110 employees and £10m turnover and Mr Khalid Al-Hamar, a successful businessman and former naval officer who has been instrumental in ensuring over 500 students from Qatar have studied at the College. His efforts have enhanced the richness of the College’s diversity and international engagement, and also made a significant contribution to the local economy.

The graduation ceremonies will celebrate the outstanding service of the five honorary fellows and the academic success of students who will receive awards validated by Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University), and Teesside University as well as professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Bradford College Group Chief Executive Officer, Andy Welsh comments: “We wish our graduates and Honorary Fellows every success in their future careers. We are very proud of them and we look forward to celebrating their invaluable contributions to the continued development of Bradford, the region and communities overseas.”

Bradford College Principal, Kathryn Oldale comments: “We congratulate our 2014 graduates and Honorary Fellows and wish them every success for the future. As graduates of Bradford College, they will be following in the footsteps of over 180 years of remarkable people who have made a difference regionally, nationally and internationally.”

Throughout the ceremonies, graduates will be encouraged to celebrate their achievements with family, friends and college staff. Many students and their families from countries including Pakistan, India and China will make special trips from overseas to take part in the two days of celebration.

Pic: Nick Baines

Written on 27th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in News