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Honorary degrees awarded at the University of Bristol – Friday, 13 July

Graham Harrison with Professor Guy Orpen

Graham Harrison with Professor Guy Orpen Ede and Ravenscroft

Maxine Room with orator Professor Leon Tikly

Maxine Room with orator Professor Leon Tikly Ede and Ravenscroft

Angela Yeoman with orator Denis Burn

Angela Yeoman with orator Denis Burn Ede and Ravenscroft

Press release issued: 13 July 2012

Bristol University is awarding honorary degrees to Graham Harrison, Maxine Room and Angela Yeoman at today’s degree ceremonies in the Wills Memorial Building.

Graham Harrison is being honoured with a Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his work to develop the National Composites Centre, the £30million University of Bristol research centre which is run with industry partners and based at the Bristol and Bath Science Park.

In his role as former International Business Director at the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Graham was instrumental in attracting funding and support for the centre, which houses a brand new research facility for composite materials.

Maxine Room CBE will receive a Doctor of Laws as a mark of her success in the field of education. The current principal of Lewisham College studied education at the University of Bristol before spending 17 years teaching at Bridgewater College in Somerset.

She later became vice-principal at Filton College in Bristol before being appointed principal of Swansea College and in doing so became the first black female principal in Wales and second black female principal in the UK.

Angela Yeoman OBE is to be awarded with a Doctor of Laws for her success in business, helping to grow Somerset-based and family-run Foster Yeoman into one of Europe's largest quarrying and asphalt companies.

She has also played a big part in Somerset life and was the first chair of the Somerset Community Fund, is a key organiser for the local pony club and over recent years Angela became High Sheriff of Somerset, a Deputy Lieutenant and was awarded an OBE in 1992.

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.

Further information

The official photographs and speeches delivered by the public orators at each ceremony are available to the media on request from the University's Press Office.
Please contact Philippa Walker for further information.
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