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Celebrations at the University of Cumbria

Friday 18th November 2016

The University of Cumbria has a lot to celebrate next week. In excess of 1,100 students will be receiving their degrees and awards in Carlisle Cathedral throughout three days of ceremonies in front of families, friends and guests, and a final ceremony on Thursday afternoon will witness the inauguration of the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Mennell.

The students’ achievements cover a wide range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level and the ceremonies give them the opportunity to enjoy their academic success in the presence of those who have supported them throughout the long years of study.

Three ceremonies will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and two on Thursday, and on each occasion there will be a formal procession into the Cathedral with staff and graduates in academic robes. Celebratory receptions will take place at the Crown & Mitre Hotel immediately after each ceremony.

At the same time, the university will honour those who have been nominated to receive the award of Honorary Fellow. Honorary fellowships are awarded in recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the university and in support of a variety of causes linked to the work of the university, and at the ceremonies next week two honorary fellowships will be presented to Christopher Terry (posthumous award) and Stephen Cox.

And to round off this very special week, Professor Mennell will be confirmed in her role as Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria at a formal ceremony again in the Cathedral. Professor Mennell took up her role at the beginning of August in succession to Professor Peter Strike, who retired from the university. Professor Mennell has forged a distinguished academic career at a number of universities in the north of England, and brings to the Cumbrian institution a great deal of insight and expertise.

University of Cumbria Chancellor, The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will attend the final two graduation ceremonies on Thursday and will preside at the Vice Chancellor’s inauguration ceremony in the afternoon.



Notes to editor:

Film and photo opportunities can be made available, but it is essential you contact Julie Ratcliffe [email protected] 01228 616055 in advance in order for arrangements to be made with the Cathedral.


Honorary fellowship presentations as follows:

Tuesday 22 November 2016 – 12.00noon: Christopher Terry has been posthumously awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his lifelong and outstanding contribution to the preservation of heritage and cultural tourism.

Wednesday 23 November 2016 – 3.00pm: Stephen Cox has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his lifelong and outstanding contribution to education.


Professor Julie Mennell’s biography:
Prior to becoming Vice Chancellor, Julie held Deputy Vice Chancellor positions (Development and Academic) at the University of Sunderland over a six-year period.

Julie held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for the University of Sunderland for five years, having responsibility for the academic and research provision, student experience and graduate outcomes, student and learning support and quality assurance and enhancement. Her more recent Development brief encompassed leadership of the university’s development and partnership agendas, including international and transnational activities, marketing and recruitment, portfolio and product development, London Campus and enterprise.

She has held senior positions at Northumbria and Teesside universities and is a former President and honorary member of the North East Association of Science Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, The Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences, Institute of Measurement & Control and the Royal Society of Arts.

Julie has an international reputation in the field of forensic and crime scene science, having made significant contributions to forensic science strategy, education and workforce development in the UK and overseas; including providing HE sector representation on the Home Office Forensic Science Advisory Council and the Skills for Justice Forensic Science Occupational Skills Committee.

A mathematics and physics graduate from the University of Leeds, Julie holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Teesside University, focused on the radiometric characterisation of pneumatic suspensions of particulate solids, and a PGC Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. Born in Middlesbrough, she is married with three children.

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