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Guest of honour: Robert Dufton (LLB 1983)

Robert Dufton

10 July 2014

Robert Dufton (LLB 1983), Deputy Chairman of Convocation and Chairman of the London Branch of Convocation, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his achievements and his commitment to the University.

Robert Dufton (LLB 1983), Deputy Chairman of Convocation and Chairman of the London Branch of Convocation, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his achievements and his commitment to the University.

Robert, who is currently a Senior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School in London, has also led a wealth of grant-making foundations – including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Rayne Foundation, and the Heritage Lottery Fund – and has transformed them all through his experience and leadership.

He has devoted this same expertise to Bristol's London Branch of Convocation, and the Convocation Committee.

Bill Ray (BSc 1975), Chairman of Convocation, said: 'In addition to Robert’s real achievements in his career, his support of the University has been absolutely fantastic, both in Council and Convocation. Robert has lead the London Branch to ever greater success and has been a true pleasure to work with.'

Alumni across a variety of fields will be awarded honorary degrees in graduation ceremonies this week. An honorary degree is a major accolade, awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the University’s mission.

This year's honorary graduates are:

  •     Dr Julian Hector (BSc 1981), Executive Producer and Editor of Natural History Radio and Deputy Head of the BBC National History Unit - Doctor of Science
  •     Sir Mark Welland, KBE, FRS, FREng (MSc 1981, PhD 1984), Head of the Nanoscience Centre, University of Cambridge - Doctor of Science
  •     David Scott (BSc 1983), Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Storage - Doctor of Engineering
  •     The Rt. Hon Lady Justice Sharp, DBE (LLB 1978), Lady Justice of Appeal - Doctor of Laws
  •     Dr Moger Woolley, DL, LLD (BSc 1959 Hon LLD 2005), previous Chair of Council at the University of Bristol - Honorary Fellowship
  •     Professor Eric Sheppard (BSc 1972), Humbolt Chair and Professor in the Department of Geography, UCLA - Doctor of Laws
  •     Bob Reeves (Med 1982), Director of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Bristol for more than 25 years - Doctor of Laws