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University awards Honorary degrees

Press release issued: 12 July 2001

Honorary degrees awarded at Bristol University on Wednesday 11 July

Today, at its degree ceremonies, Bristol University is awarding Honorary degrees to two prominent international figures.

Mr Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, is to receive the degree of Doctor of Laws at the 11.15 am ceremony.

A graduate in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University, Peter Lampl worked in America before returning to England financially secure in 1994.

This weekend over 100 state-educated students from all over the UK will converge on Bristol University to find out what university life is like through a week of intensive academic and social activities at Bristol's fourth successive Sutton Trust Summer School.

The Summer School is funded by Peter Lampl through the Sutton Trust, which aims to support academically able young people from non-privileged backgrounds and to raise their aspirations so that they gain access to the best possible higher education.

As founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, Peter Lampl has used his entrepreneurial and business skills to remarkable effect in raising the level of debate over equality of opportunity for bright young people to gain entry to higher education in this country.

Professor Edmond Lisle, French social scientist, will be honoured with the degree of Doctor of Science at the 2.30 pm ceremony.

Professor Lisle graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford. He moved to Paris in 1953 and began a long and influential career in social sciences.

From 1950 to 1974 Edmond Lisle was undertaking and managing research and teaching economics. During this time at the Centre de Recherché et de Documentation sue la Consommation and the Centre de Recherché Economique sur l'Epargne, where he become Director in 1967, he built two important institutions, researching consumer behaviour and savings behaviour.

In 1974 he was appointed Director of Social Sciences at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique, the premier agency in France for funding research across all disciplines.

In 1984 Edmond Lisle was invited to set up and manage a newly founded Franco-Israeli Association for Scientific and Technological Research.

Over the years he has created many opportunities to internationalise social science research, establishing collaborative agreements with research sponsors in many other countries, providing for exchange of scholars and postgraduate students, and financing comparative studies and international conferences.

At a special ceremony at the 2.30 pm degree congregation, the Chancellor, Sir Jeremy Morse, will invite Richard West, one of the Trustees of the Harry Crook Foundation and great-nephew of Harry Crook, to sign the Roll of Benefactors. The Foundation is supporting the University's new Professor in Deaf Studies, to be known as the Harry Crook Professor in Deaf Studies.

Mr Harry Crook set up his Foundation in 1962, endowing it with shares from his Kleen-E-Zee Brush Co Ltd, famed for its door-to-door brush salesmen. He served Bristol City Council as an alderman for 25 years and in 1955 was the city's Lord Mayor. During his lifetime he supported a large number of charities in the city, particularly youth organisations, and the policy of the trustees is to follow in the founder's footsteps and support charities which serve Bristol. Harry Crook joined the Court and Council of the University in 1939 and was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in 1964. He had a special interest in deafness, having become deaf towards the end of his life.

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Thursday, 12-Jul-2001 15:04:25 BST

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