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  • 22 February 2006

Sussex graduates make a world of difference

Around 1,800 students will be awarded their degrees, watched by family and friends, at the University of Sussex Winter Graduation ceremony at the Dome, Brighton, today (Friday February 24).

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Lord Lloyd of Berwick

Students will attend two ceremonies, presided over by the University's Chancellor, Lord Attenborough, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alasdair Smith. The University will also confer two honorary degrees in recognition of outstanding contribution to public life by the recipients in their respective fields.

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Professor Norman Davies

Lord Lloyd of Berwick, one of the most distinguished legal figures in the UK, will be conferred with the degree of Doctor of Laws. Lord Lloyd's career has seen him serve as a QC, Attorney General to HRH the Prince of Wales, as a High Court judge and a Law Lord. He has taken part in many famous cases, including the appeal of the Birmingham Six and the Pinochet case. He is an advocate of human rights and has spoken on constitutional reform, Gulf War illnesses and the Prevention of Terrorism Bill.

The historian and one-time Sussex student Professor Norman Davies is an internationally acclaimed authority on British, European and, in particular, Polish history. His book, God's Playground (1981), is still regarded as one of the most influential studies of Polish history there is. He will be conferred with the degree of Doctor of Letters.

Students graduating today include three international postgraduates whose studies will contribute to the cultural, political and economic lives of communities across the world:

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Sabina Cehajic

Sabina Cehajic receives a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Applied Social Psychology. Her work on emotional responses to the war on all sides in her native Bosnia and Herzegovina has led to her involvement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Bosnia. It will try to help the different communities to find a way to live together in peace again following the end of war there in the late 1990s.

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John Kimani

Farmers in Africa will benefit from the knowledge and experience of Kenyan John Kimani, who receives a DPhil in Development Studies. He now intends setting up an organisation in Kenya advising farmers on the challenges they face. John overcame a serious car accident and embraced the challenge of four years away from family and home to achieve his goal of a doctorate.

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Dunja Brill

Dunja Brill got to know Brighton's Goth community for her DPhil in Media and Cultural Studies. She compared the differing tastes and attitudes of Goth communities in Brighton, Edinburgh and her native Germany. The Goth lifestyle is a significant youth subculture often demonised for being dark and depressed, but Dunja offers an alternative view.

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