UCLan Graduation Ceremony: Tuesday 11 July 2017 – Afternoon
[trumpets] [singing in Latin] [trumpets] [singing in Latin] [trumpets] [singing in Latin] [instrumental]>>Jane Rutt-Howard (Orator): Please be seated Ladies and gentlemen on behalf of the University of Central Lancashire, I’m delighted to warmly welcome you to Preston guild hall and to this graduation ceremony On this special day we are here to proudly celebrate the achievements of our students from the Faculty of Science and Technology I now call upon the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mike Thomas to give his address>>Mike Thomas: Good afternoon everybody honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen , members of the University board, honorary fellows and our graduands. It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to this graduation ceremony which we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our new graduates. I always look forward to graduation ceremonies and the chance for the University of Central Lancashire Its staff, board members and honorary fellows to celebrate such an important day for you. This is your day. I hope you enjoy both the ceremony itself and the celebrations afterwards. It’s customary for a vice-chancellor to use graduation as an opportunity to comment on economic affairs, politics or to speak about the University in general, so I will say a few words which I hope you’ll find of interest. Here we are in July 2017 a year on from the referendum that concluded that the UK should lead the European Union. Since then we’ve had a general election and now we have a minority government and many of the radical policies that were put forward by all the main political parties have had to be diluted and watered down into a more collaborative, collegiate form of government. What has become clear, as I look at you all today in your robes and gowns and as you celebrate your success and talent is that your voice, the voice of students across England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland had a hugely influential impact on the outcome of the general election in June. Your voice. The voice of students who argued for change. To move away from austerity towards more tolerance, towards more understanding and towards a more compassionate form of politics. Your vote really did carry the day and no political party can ignore your voice any longer. I’m hopeful that your passion for tolerance and understanding will stay with you as you go on with your careers. Some of you in this room today will become leaders, working in industry and some of you will have influence in the arts and culture. Others of you will go on and become leaders in civic life and public services and I would argue that you should never underestimate the experiences that you’ve had in this university and the way it shapes your thinking and how it’ll influence your future Next year, 2018, the University celebrates being in existence for 190 years We’ve grown from our original foundation
‘The Insitute for the Diffusion of Knowledge’ first formed on the 7th of October in 1828, here in the city of Preston The original idea was based on a radical view that we could educate young people and the university has always been part of a radical movement in education learning, knowledge, research, innovation and enterprise. And we recognise that in today’s world, our mission to transform lives and expand knowledge is to retain that spirit of radical innovative and creative thinking. The University, as many of you will know plays an anchor and a civic role. The Anchor and Civic role are just terms that we use in the university sector. The Anchor role is to support the economy – it’s to help us to create jobs. To help firms big and small to ensure that our graduates and post graduates have the skills and expertise required to develop the economy. Equally, our research enterprise and development are often focused on the economy and our community but we also have an equally important Civic role to uphold community cohesion, to promote and develop all peaceful means of dealing with social issues, problems or difficulties and we also support the Lancastrian culture through music, arts, food, farming and the tourist industry. Today we’re here to watch you continue with your success and the faculty under the able leadership of our executive dean Dr. Ali Jones and our heads of schools have helped you in that journey. Two of our heads are here today and they will read out your names Professor Derrick Ward Thompson and Professor Lindenberg from Psychology. I’d just like to say a few words really about your area of study. School of physical science and computing Congratulations to the award winner Kyle Hobday who graduates with a first from the University’s first cohort of an Mcomp in computer games development. In April Kyle was named the best final year computer games programmer in the UK and he beat off stiff competition from more than 400 coding students to claim the search for a star 27 code award for a star wrangler arena game In the School of Psychology, we’ve got graduating today with the first class honors in psychology Laura Campbell who will go on to receive three school prizes Laura will take home the academic excellence award for the best overall performance by a psychology student and also the prize for the best research project. She’s also the joint winner of the Hugh Wagnar memorial prize for the best undergraduate project within the School of Psychology. [applause]>>Mike Thomas: Congratulations to you all. Our success is achieved together staff and students. We seek new knowledge to provide clarity and certainty, and we know even though we’re living through a period of uncertainty there are certainties for instance, we know today that you are graduates and post graduates. We know that you have worked for your degree. We know there’s a sense of certainty if you hold on to those beliefs and values that support our communities. The values that are enshrined in this university. Common sense the judgment to do the right thing for others. Compassion – to treat others with consideration, care and honesty. Teamwork – to think and act together valuing collective as highly as individual achievements. Attentiveness – to take personal and professional pride in the quality of your work but show that you can still listen and care for others as you carry out that work and finally trust showing respect and integrity in all that you do. You’re graduates and post graduates so observe analyze devise new solutions to things that life bring you – keep learning. Exercise your intellect, be ready to intervene as you go on through life and seek to make a difference and make the most of every opportunity that comes along. Don’t let chances and opportunities pass you by. Don’t be afraid or unwilling to try different things and forge your own path. but remember compromise when you need to . I know as I sit here looking at you now that you have the ability to understand complex issues. I know that you can be critical in making judgments.
I know that you have the confidence to challenge and have an impact by applying your own intellect. I know that you would have developed the value for our society and a willingness to make a personal contribution and I know this because the university has tested you. You’re graduates and post graduates. We therefore look to you as you leave this university because you are our future hope. Participate in processes get organized participate in commerce and in debates What we’ve done in the universitiy is provide a space for you to discuss ideas to pursue different views and perspectives to explore new ways of doing things and to apply different methodologies and seek new solutions. But remember there’s more to your degree and postgraduate than just an economic return. Take your university values with you as you go through your life. We know because you’ve earned a degree and a postgraduate degree that it has been difficult. I make no apologies for that. That must be so. Few things in life of genuine value are easy to gain and success in the university is far from easy. We would have demanded from you dedication, commitment, intellectual endeavor and hard work, and I’m sure that many of you here in the audience today families, friends and colleagues would have been called upon to provide a helping hand in that journey. On behalf of you, our graduands I would like to thank them for that invaluable support and ask that you join me in sharing appreciation to the audience [applause] We are an academic community We’re dedicated to learning and supporting transformation. You would have been taught by a dedicated group of academic staff, many of whom are international leaders in their field and all of whom devote their professional lives to the teaching, learning and development of you our students. You have also been supported by many highly dedicated professional staff members who have provided the services and infrastructure that have made your success possible and on your behalf, I would like to thank every one of our staff in this university and ask once again that you join me in applauding them. [applause] In a few minutes, the name of our graduands will be called out and we’ll applaud and cheer. Please make as much noise as you want. This is a celebratory event. Each of you sitting in front of me will be called out by name You’ll enter the stage right here. You’ll come to the center of the stage. I will shake your hand and congratulate you and then you will exit stage left. But I know that everybody in the hall will be as enthusiastic with your applause for our first graduate as you will be for our final graduate. We genuinely take great pride in your achievements. I know that you’ll go out in the world and bring not only real social and economic benefit to yourself but also to your communities but remember, whatever you decide to do next, wherever in the world you find yourself. You’ll always be a member of this university. I hope at some stage you will return to your academic home. But for now on behalf of everybody here Very well done, congratulations and good luck for a happy and successful life.
Thank you. [applause] Vice-Chancellor, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen the academic board confers an honorary fellowship to John Thompson Jane Rutt-Howard, the university orator, will deliver the citation.>>Jane Rutt-Howard: Vice-Chancellor John Thompson is perhaps best loved for his role as Pete Gifford in Cold Feet and for his character’s in a sketch show that defined the 90s ‘The Fast Show’. But before making a name for himself as a talented actor, writer, drummer, comedian and now executive producer of the documentary film ‘Dying Laughing’ John grew up here in New Longton, Preston attending All Hallows Catholic School and Runshaw college. It was here he cut his teeth in amateur dramatics at the Charter theatre namely in Preston Musical Comedy and Act One it was while at university that he became good friends with another comedic actor Steve Coogan and that was the start of a 30-year career which has seen him make an enormous contribution to the world of comedy and drama. The pair work together on projects including ‘Spitting Image’ ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ and ’24 Hour Party People’ As well as winning the Perrier comedy award for their acts at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1992 The ‘Fast Show’ came next, followed by memorable characters in series including ‘Soldier Soldier’ and ‘Men Behaving Badly’ before John secured the career-defining role on Cold Feet which returned to our screens at the end of last year. Other notable appearances including parts in Coronation Street, New Street Law and Waterloo Road. John is a star of stage as well as screen, playing in numerous pantomines, the rivals and winning a Manchester evening news best actor nomination for his performance in ‘Hobson’s Choice’ He’s also lent his voice to many BBC children’s series including Bill and Ben and the box office hit: Wallace and Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Vice-Chancellor On behalf of the Academic board, it is with great pleasure that I present John Thompson for the Award of Honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire. [applause] On a custom though I am too speaking in public I’d like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to the University of Central Lancashire for my honorary fellowship I’m I’m delighted to have the opportunity to receive this award and don a cap and gown for the first time because when I graduated from Manchester polytechnic Now MMU – Manchester Metropolitan University, it was only a diploma back in 1990. We felt like the poor relations. So only one person out of twenty four turned up for the ceremony. Thankfully it’s a degree now, so I think we might have turned up then. It’s been recognised as a degree so it’s nice to be suitably attired and also recognised worthy of a fellowship award. Thank you, great! My sincere congratulations to the graduates here today. No matter what field you were in or what grade you’ve got I hope all the hard work and stress has paid off, and you can relax let off some steam or simply go and get caned at a festival somewhere. [laughter] I’m very happy to say that 2017 is an anniversary year. I’m actually celebrating 30 years in the business and look forward to sharing my experience I’ve had with the students particularly working alongside UCLan academic Sarah Ann Kennedy Parr, whom I’ve had the great joy of working with in the past on numerous animated projects namely ‘Crapston Villas’ and ‘Pond Life’ – have a look on YouTube! For the students here today I have three pieces of advice that will hopefully, hopefully inspire you out there in the big bad world. Number one is be ambitious Ambition is something you are never taught You are never taught ambition. There are two kinds of ambition : the ruthless driven ambition where you
are like a megalomania godzilla pushing everyone aside just to get to the top and there is a second kind of ambition the slow steady quiet ambition might I suggest the latter as you can always opt for the former and you’ll reach the top quick enough You’ll be number one, but two things you won’t have are any friends or any respect. Two Be true to yourself Treat others as you would expect to be treated – a little kindness definitely goes a long way, and my mantra these days is a simple one. It’s nice to be nice . It pays dividends I can assure you. Thirdly and finally, never do stand-up in a bar called Rift & Co in Preston especially just before Christmas, it’ll turn very ugly. I was walked to my car-(laughing) It was horrific, the front two rows were thrown out, they were animals And then I said I vowed I’d never to do stand-up in Preston again, so I did a golf club in Ashton. I thought golf was aspirational Well it kicked off in the pool room! It was just horrific so don’t expect to see me do any standup round here in the near future – I’ll have to get my boldness back. I’m joking about that. The third thing I’d like to say is probably the most important, find something that you truly love. Never chase money. Never chase money. Find a job you truly love to do – love that job. Love it and work really hard at it and then reap the rewards of happiness. The money then will just come naturally. Always prioritise your happiness over money. Finally, I’d like to thank the university, all the fellows, deans, everyone else in a silly hat. Last time I wore a tassel – (laughing) – it was fiery. I’d like to thank university, the good people of Preston, whey! [audience cheers] not that formal is it?! And of course New Longton where I grew up with its crazy two carpet shops and no pub. I actually did the ‘Fast Show’ live at the early London Apollo and a man came up something was beaming so exuberant, full of life and he went up to me ‘ Can I shake you by the hand pal, can I shake your hand?’ and I went ‘Yeah of course’ He went ‘oh I really offer you a debt of thanks’ and I went ‘What for?’ He went ‘ I own one of those carpet shops – you’ve put me on the map!’ [laughter] There’s only one there now, I think he retired. Where was I? I’d also like to thank the very strong amateur dramatics movement of Preston namely Preston musical comedy and a breakaway Fraction Act one for a younger crowd, who made me realise my absolute calling. I’d also like to thank my beautiful daughters Sofia , Olivia and their mum for their patience regarding my many work absences in the past. My girlfriend. My mum and dad for adopting me and never telling me to get a proper job. My brother who shines at the BBC as the new producer of Children in Need and my private drama teacher Kay Peacock and drum teacher John Higgs and finally Sarah Ann Kennedy Parr for getting me into this mess in the first place. I would like to offer my sincere thanks and congratulations to all present here today and I wish you all the very best sincerely for the future. Thank you. [applause] Vice-Chancellor, the presentation of graduands and Award Holders will now take place. Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the Academic board I present those who have gained awards in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing For a thesis entitled: Investigating the release of carbon nanotubes and their contribution to fire emissions from burning cnt polymer composities the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded to Antonis Cristo. For a thesis entitled: Using chemical analysis to enhance pyrolysis models the degree of doctor of Philosophy Is awarded to Fiona Hewitt. For a thesis entitled: removal of Organic pollutants present in water using inorganic hybrid multifunctional nano composites the degree of Master of Philosophy is awarded to Erik William Jones. [applause] For a thesis entitled: Computer-aided design and synthesis of 5’7 Hydroxy-flave own derivatives as glycogen phosphorylase inhibitors the degree of Master of Science by research is awarded to Ben Chetta. [applause] For a thesis entitled: Identification of volatile organic compounds in early stages of fire from commercial products, the degree of Master of Science by research is awarded to Catherine Dickens [applause] For a thesis entitled: The migration of giant planets in massive protoplanetary discs, the degree of Master of Science by research is awarded to Kate Elizabeth Mary Robinson. Master of Computing in computer Games Development Master of Science in Information Technology Security Master of Chemistry in Chemistry With the school prize for best Master of Chemistry project And with the school prize for the best Master of Chemistry student Master of Mathematics Bachelor of science with the honors in Astronomy With the joint prize for the best BSc honours degree in Astronomy and also with the joint prize for best BSC Honours degree in Astronomy Bachelor of Science with Honours in Astrophysics, Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemistry With the Centre for Material Sciences prize for best chemistry project With the Royal Society of Chemistry prize for best BSc Honours Chemist Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computer Games Development With the school prize for most outstanding student in BSc Honours Computer Games Development Bachelor of science with honours in Computer Network Technology With the school price for most outstanding student in BSc Honours Computer Network Technology Bachelor of Science with Honours in
Computing With the school prize for most outstanding students in BSc Honours Computing and with the school prize for best undergraduate project Bachelor of Science with Honours in Forensic Chemistry Bachelor of Science with Honours in Forensic Computing Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics With the third-year prize for mathematics for outstanding achievement With the prize for contribution to extracurricular activities in Mathematics, With the institute of mathematics prize for outstanding performance in the Final Year project of the BSc honours Mathematics course With the prize for most improved student for outstanding achievement, Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Physics Bachelor of Science with Honours in Multimedia and Mobile Development Bachelor of Science with Honours in Multimedia Development Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physics and with the prize for best third year project on courses in Physics and Astrophysics Bachelor of science with honours in physics with astrophysics Bachelor of Science with Honours in Software Engineering with the British Computer Society prize for best students on a BCS accredited program and also with the school prize for most outstanding student in BSc Honour on a Software Engineering Foundation degree in Science in Computer Technology and with the school price for most outstanding student in Foundation computer technology Foundation degree in Science in Computing and with the school prize for most outstanding student in foundation degree Science in Computing Foundation degree in Science in Computing awarded posthumously Michael Connor Vice-Chancellor that concludes the presentation of awards from the School of Physical Sciences and Computing. [applause] On behalf of the academic board I present those who have gained awards in the School of Psychology Master of Science in Health Psychology Bachelor of Science with Honours in Forensic Psychology With the joint winner for the school award for best research project by a student on BSc honours Forensic Psychology With the joint winner for the school award for best research project by a student on BSc Honours Forensic psychology With the school award for academic excellence for the best overall performance by a student on BSc honours forensic psychology, Bachelor of science with honours in Health Psychology With the school Award for academic excellence for the best overall performance by a student on BSC honours health psychology and the Jane Hutchinson the Memorial prize for the best undergraduate project within educational psychology Bachelor of science with honours in Neuropsychology. With the school award for academic excellence for the best overall performance per student on BSc honours Neuropsychology and the Joint winner for the school awards for the best research project by a student on BSC honours Neuropsychology With the joint winner for the school award for the best research project by a student on BSc honours Neuropsychology Bachelor with honours in Neuroscience With the Glen Carrigon memorial prize for the best undergraduate project in Neuroscience With the school award for academic excellence for the best overall performance by a student on BSC. Honours Neuroscience Bachelor of science with honours in Psychology With the school award for academic excellence for the best overall performance per student on BSc honours psychology and with the school awards the best research project by a student on BSc on a psychology and also joint winner the Hugh vaughner memorial prize for the best undergraduate project within the school of psychology Bachelor of science with honours in Psychology and Criminology With the joint winner for the school award for best research project by a student on BSc honours Psychology and Criminology Chelsea Anderson With the joint winners for the school award for best research project by a student on BSC honours psychology and criminology With the school award for academic excellence for the best overall performance by a student on BSc honours Psychology and criminology, and the joint winners for the school awards the best research project by a student on BSC psychology and criminology Bachelor of honours in combined studies Bachelor of Science with honours in psychology with psychotherapy and counselling With the school award for academic excellence for the best overall performance by student on BSc honours psychology, psychotherapy and counseling and the British psychological society undergraduate award for overall highest mark within the school With the joint winner for the Hugh Vaughner memorial prize for the best undergraduate project within the school of psychology and the school awards for best research project by a student on BSc honours psychology psychotherapy and counseling Bachelor of Science with honours in Sports Psychology With the school award for academic excellence for the best overall performance by students on BSc on a sport and exercise psychology and the school Award for best research project by students on BSc honours for next side psychology Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry That concludes the presentation of awards from the School of Psychology. [applause] Vice chancellor, the presentations are completed. I call on Sana Iqbal President of the Student’s Union at the University of Central Lancashire to respond on behalf of those awarded today>>Sana: Vice-Chancellor Graduates Family, friends and loved ones. It is my honour to stand here today And speak on behalf of students on your special day, and I want to congratulate you all on such an amazing achievement University is more than the assignments and the exams it’s more than the high price that you’ve paid to better your future And it’s more than a piece of paper that you get at the end of it because we all know that University is an unforgettable experience the people that you’ve met and the experiences that you have created are what makes each of your journeys to graduation unique and special For most of us studying is only one part of university life and whether you’ve become a course rep You joined a sport or society or you volunteered in a project that you felt passionate about All of this has contributed to the graduates that I see before me today Each of you will have shared a different path, but what’s special Is that you all end up in the same room crossing the same stage and graduating together I remember this time last year crossing the same stage, and it’s a true medley of emotion the pure joy of standing with your peers the smiling faces of family and friends in the crowd The anxious wait for your name to be called and then crossing the stage shaking hands with a Vice-Chancellor and walking down those steps Ready to change the world In life you may face setbacks and in those times of difficulty I want you to hold on to that feeling that you felt when you cross this stage And hope that it guides you through every obstacle our generation faces many challenges There are those who think that our voices are irrelevant and we are selfish and apathetic, the snowflake generation Well on the 8th of June. We silence these false claims, and we prove these experts wrong there are also people out there who seek to divide us with acts of hatred If there is one thing that this university is proud of it is our diverse and collective nature Please take that with you wherever you go Be kind to those who are different speak out against hatred and stand united and in solidarity when times are hard As graduates of the University of Central Lancashire each of you strengthen new plans worldwide Alumni Network Today’s award is a landmark in both your personal and your professional development and a stepping-stone to your future success the world beyond studying may seem like a bit of a scary place and the most comfortable the most comfortable thing to do would be to stay in your comfort zone but don’t Now is your time to aim high Grab hold of all of those opportunities and accept those challenges Because that degree that you hold in your hands is the learner’s permit for the rest of your drive through life last but not least I would like to thank the families friends and loved ones that have joined you here today and supported you throughout your UCLan journey and let’s not forget all of the university staff who have helped you to get here and to succeed With all my heart I wish you all the very best uconn class of 2017 now go and celebrate because you truly deserve it Now my pleasure to Introduce the University of Central Lancashire Chamber choir The members of the university choir are all students of Music Theatre within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance the choir is directed by the University’s Musician in residence Mark Bogans The University is extremely proud of it the growing reputation and success of the chamber choir In recent years the choir has won national competitions including the BBC Radio 3 Adult Choir of the year the Chamber choir has performed on BBC one BBC four and on BBC Radio 3 as well as many local civic and fundraising events including concerts with local schools and colleges Overseas performance includes singing at one of our partner institutions in Shanghai this afternoon the choir will sing Joyful Joyful from Sister Act – back in the Habit ♪ [‘Joyful Joyful’ from Sister Act – Back in the Habit] ♪ [applause]>>Jane Rutt-Howard: Today is of course a day of great celebration for everyone here, and we need to celebrate in an appropriate way Friends and family there is a good photo opportunity coming up, so you might like to have your camera’s ready So can I please ask all the graduates to stand up and take off your mortarboards This is a great relief to a good number of you, I can see So in a moment, I’m going to ask you to wave your mortarboard in the air But please don’t let go of it and please make sure it does not make contact with any of your neighbors However a vigorous wave is very much in need So on a count of three I want you to wave your mortarboard in the air and at the same time Give us a hearty cheer, and then we will all follow with a further three cheers. Are you ready? one two three [cheers]>>Jane: hip hip
[repeated three times] [applause and cheering]>>Jane: Please sit down. Have a seat As we bring the ceremony to a close I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making today such a happy and memorable occasion and thank you for coming and sharing this special day with the University Community I would like to invite you all to return to a reception at the University’s student union building Where we will continue to celebrate the success of today’s graduates Gowns can be left at the Atrium in the student union after the event Please may I ask you all to stand now for the national anthem ♪ [trumpets] ♪ [singing National Anthem] ♪ [applause]>>Jane: Just the last time please do take a seat. I shall explain the exit strategy The platform party will now leave the stage and form a celebratory guard of honor We are going to conclude the ceremony with a final opportunity to applaud the success of today’s graduates graduates you will shortly be processing out of the hall A university usher will prompt your row when you need to stand up But do make sure that you take all of your belongings with you as you leave Guests, Please may I ask that you all remain seated until the platform party has left the hall And you will be able to join your graduates downstairs Thank you [applause] ♪ [trumpets]