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 10 July 2001 

Council chief to receive honorary degree at summer graduation ceremony

A record 1,700 students will be collecting their degrees, diplomas and certificates from the University of Sussex's Chancellor, Lord Attenborough, at the summer graduation ceremonies today, July 17, at the Brighton Centre.

Among those receiving honorary degrees this year is Glynn Jones, chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council, who will become Doctor of the University. Mr Jones, who was nominated for the award in recognition of his work in the campaign to achieve city status for Brighton and Hove, said: "I am both delighted and honoured that the University of Sussex has decided to award me an honorary doctorate.

"Since I came to Brighton in 1989, I have been a member of the court and council of the University of Sussex, and have worked closely with each of its vice-chancellors. The former Brighton Borough Council was instrumental in the creation of the Sussex Innovation Centre, which has been an unqualified success in encouraging and nurturing many brilliant young research graduates who would otherwise have had to leave the area to continue their work.

"I regard the award of an honorary degree as being as much in recognition of the work of the Council, apart from my own contribution, and I am, therefore, delighted and proud to be honoured in such a way."

Two other honorary degrees will also be presented today. Dr Mamphela Ramphele, whose work as a civil rights leader helped to shape the new South Africa, will be conferred the award of Doctor of Laws. Professor Michael Mingos, professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Oxford, will be made Doctor of Science.




 Notes for editors 

  • You are invited to send a photographer and/or a reporter to the ceremonies. The morning ceremony begins at 10.15am. The afternoon one starts at 3pm.
  • There may be an opportunity to interview the honorary graduands before the afternoon ceremony. Please make yourself known to the Information Desk in the foyer of the Brighton Centre on the day (tel: 01273 731120)
  • For further information, please contact Jacqui Bealing or Alison Field at the University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, email J.A.Bealing@sussex.ac.uk or A.Field@sussex.ac.uk




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