Honorary Degrees at The University of Reading – University of Reading25 June 2001
A Lord and a distinguished actress are among the individuals to be awarded Honorary Degrees from the University of Reading at the Graduation Ceremonies in the Great Hall, London Road next week.
Friday 6 July: 12.15 pm ceremony
PROFESSOR FRANK KERMODE
Frank Kermode was a member of the University Department of English from 1949 to 1958. He was knighted for services to English Literature in 1991. His reputation as the most influential English critic and literary scholar of his generation has been cemented by over twenty-five publications; the most recent of these, Shakespeare's Language, was published last year. Professor Kermode will be receiving the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, presented by Professor Patrick Parrinder from the Department of English.
Saturday 7 July: 12.15 pm ceremony
THE RT HON THE LORD HURD OF WESTWELL, CH, CBE, PC
As Member of Parliament for Witney, Lord Hurd was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1984-5), Home Secretary (1985-9) and Foreign Secretary (1989-95). He is now Deputy Chairman of NatWest Markets and Chairman of the Prison Reform Trust. Lord Hurd will be receiving the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, presented by Professor Tony Downes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
Saturday 7 July: 2.45 pm ceremony
BILLIE WHITELAW, CBE
Billie Whitelaw is one of Britain's best-loved and most distinguished actors, appearing regularly on both big and small screen, as well as on radio and upon the stage. Her work with the eminent dramatist Samuel Beckett has forged strong links with the University through the Beckett International Foundation. Ms Whitelaw will be receiving the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, presented by Dr Mary Bryden, Joint Director of the Beckett International Foundation and member of the Department of French Studies.
For further details, please contact Sue Rayner or Carol Derham on 0118 931 8004/5 Fax 0118 931 8924