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Honorary degrees awarded at Bristol University

Press release issued: 9 July 2003

Bristol University is awarding Honorary degrees to two prominent people, Brigadier Hugh Pye and Sir Charles Pollard, at today's degree ceremonies in the Wills Memorial Building

Bristol University is awarding Honorary degrees to two prominent people at today's degree ceremonies in the Wills Memorial Building.

Brigadier Hugh Pye, Chairman of CLIC and Treasurer of the Society of Merchant Venturers, will be honoured with the degree of Doctor of Laws at the 11.15am ceremony.

Brigadier Hugh Pye was educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) in 1958 and served in the Middle East, Cyprus, Germany, Hong Kong, the United States and Northern Ireland, where he was Commanding Officer of his regiment.

He ended his military career in 1992 as Deputy Commander South West District and Commander of the British Contingent Allied Command Europe Mobile Force (Land) - a role that saw him directing operations on the geographical flanks of NATO.

Since then, he has been Treasurer of the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol where his charitable works have extended across the fields of education, youth and the underprivileged, both in Bristol and further afield. He has also continued his military connections as Colonel of the 9th/12th Lancers and as Honorary Colonel of the Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry. Last year he was an official pall bearer at the funeral of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

He became Chairman of CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood), at a time when the charity was experiencing serious difficulties. He assembled an entirely new board of Trustees and succeeded in reversing the charity's financial position, ensuring that the £1 million pledged to support the rebuilding of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children could be paid. Under his chairmanship, CLIC has been transformed into one of Britain's most important national children's cancer charities, offering help and support to a growing number of families across the UK.

Sir Charles Pollard, QPM, Former Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police will be honoured with the degree of Doctor of Laws at the 2.30pm ceremony.

Sir Charles Pollard is a pre-eminent figure, nationally and internationally, in the policy and practice of policing in contemporary society.

He began his career in the police force at the age of 19 as a constable in the Metropolitan Police, then undertook the accelerated promotions course at Bramshill Police College. On completion, he was awarded a Bramshill Scholarship to pursue a degree course of his choice and, in 1971, he was accepted by Bristol University to read Law.

Throughout the '70's and '80's, he pursued his career in policing in London and Sussex, and, in 1991, he was appointed Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, the largest non-metropolitan force in the country, serving more than two million people.

As Chief Constable, his vision of policing went far beyond the crudely retributive justice and zero tolerance policies favoured in the 1980s. Instead, he developed the policy and practice of 'restorative justice' which aims to foster individual responsibility by requiring young offenders to acknowledge the consequences of their actions, and to make reparation both to their victims and to the community.

Under his leadership, Thames Valley Police pioneered the restorative justice model which was subsequently adopted throughout the country. He also promoted restorative justice through his membership of the Youth Justice Board, the Justice Research Consortium and the Winchester Restorative Justice Group.

He has collaborated with leading criminologists in Australia and North America, and is a Reader in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2001 he was knighted in recognition of his services to policing and criminal policy. Since standing down as Chief Constable of the Thames Valley Police in 2001, he has devoted his time to the Youth Justice Board, and this year was formally appointed as its Acting Chairman by David Blunkett.

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