University of Sussex Winter Graduation 2014

The University of Sussex graduation ceremonies take place at Brighton Dome.

More than a thousand University of Sussex students from 100 countries around the world will be attending Winter Graduation in Brighton this week (January 28 and 29).

Degrees will be conferred on a total of 2,100 students across three ceremonies in the Brighton Dome. Those attending will be cheered on by their families and friends, encouraged by University Chancellor Sanjeev Bhaskar, who presides over the ceremonies.

The winter ceremonies are predominantly for those receiving postgraduate qualifications such as doctorates and Masters degrees and for those who were unable to attend last year’s Summer Graduation.

The University will also be awarding honorary degrees to:

  • Professor Geoffrey Whittington, Emeritus Professor of Financial Accounting at the University of Cambridge, who was an economic advisor to the Office of Fair Trading on the Stock Exchange case (which led to the “Big Bang” reforms). Professor Whittington is arguably the premier UK academic in accounting but he is also well known to practitioners in the accounting profession for his work on International Accounting Standards, Inflation Accounting and regulatory matters. He has served on many other public, professional and academic committees and as an expert witness in legal and regulatory cases. He will be made a Doctor of the University at the ceremony  on Tuesday 28 January, when students of the School of Business, Management and Economics will be awarded their degrees.
  • Former Sussex student Professor Stephen Whittle transitioned from female to male in 1975. Despite having a degree in Geography from Sussex, he lost numerous jobs because his status was discovered. In 1985 he began legal training so that he could challenge the discrimination he and other trans people experienced.  His work in this field formed the foundations of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. He will be made Doctor of Laws at the morning ceremony on Wednesday 29 January.

University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing says: “As we enter our 50th anniversary of graduation ceremonies at Sussex, I wish all our graduating students every success for the future. I am sure that they and their families will enjoy a special day, as we put the emphasis very much here on celebration.”

Notes for Editors

University of Sussex graduation ceremonies can be watched via a live web link.

Here is a compilation of some of the best photos and tweets from those taking part in winter graduation.

See the Graduation web pages for further information about the ceremonies.

University of Sussex Press office: Contact Press officers Jacqui Bealing and Maggie Clune. E T 01273 678 888.

Last updated: Wednesday, 29 January 2014