University College Falmouth this year proudly recognises the achievements of 700 graduates across 31 degree programmes along with special recognition for the extraordinary work of; Lady Mary Holborow DCVO, Tom Henderson OBE, Peter Hodgson CBE DL, Peter Kosminsky, John Simmons, Bonnie Dean and Karen Christopher.
Esteemed members of University College Falmouth academic and professional services staff are assembling for a week long procession, at the Princess Pavilion Falmouth, to present eight celebratory graduation award ceremonies and the award of Honorary Fellowships.
The proceedings were opened on Tuesday 13 Sept by Nic Percivall, UCF Assistant Registrar who read the Proclamation in fluent Cornish to the eagerly awaiting and jubilant graduands, proud families and friends. An electric atmosphere filled with cheers and praise for everyone in the auditorium was a fitting start to a full week of awards.
The opening and welcoming address lead by James Williams, Chairman Board of Governors & Dr. Andrew Upton, Pro Rector (Teaching & Learning) preceded the string of accolades and citations presented by Professor Anne Carlisle - Rector & CEO, Professor Geoff Smith - Deputy Rector, Professor Mike Wilson - Dean of the School of Media & Performance and Jamie Clark - FXU President.
Honorary Fellow Lady Mary Holborow DCVO, thanked the University for bestowing the enormous privilege of Honorary Fellowship to her and addressed the graduates with a powerful speech of her pride in Cornwall, her pride in their future ahead and her commitment to UCF.
Tom Henderson OBE followed with a speech in the afternoon that summed up the spirit and energy of the ceremony saying, "Get out there and set the world on fire." He was met with a round of applause for his unfailing entrepreneurial qualities.
On the opening day the sun shone across graduate faces now full of triumph following three exceptional years of hard work and dedication. They were reminded by Senior Academics that no matter what, no one can take away their piece of paper they have individually achieved. Graduates shook hands with their peers in the garden sealing their commitment to now become Ambassadors for life, through the thriving University College Falmouth International Alumni community. UCF Alumni span every corner of the Creative Industries Worldwide, taking with them the rich learning experience and spreading the unique essence that studying in Cornwall has given them.
Class of 2011 Honorary Fellows
Lady Mary Holborow DCVO - Lady Mary Holborow is Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and a former Governor of University College Falmouth. She began her career in the Houses of Parliament before moving to Cornwall in 1959 after her marriage to Geoffrey Holborow. Lady Mary became a JP in 1970 and was variously Chairman of her Bench, Chairman of the Cornwall Probation Committee and represented Cornwall on the Magistrates Association. She remained a JP until her appointment as Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall in 1994. Lady Mary is a longstanding friend of University College Falmouth, having been a board member for ten years. She is currently Patron or President of numerous charities, and a trustee of the Cornwall Community Foundation and South West Lakes Trust. She has held a number of board positions in the region, particularly in the Health and Education sectors. In 2010 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Tom Henderson OBE - Tom Henderson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ShelterBox, the international disaster relief charity based in Helston. Tom has established a network of communication hubs near every potential disaster site worldwide, enabling ShelterBox to respond to a disaster within 72 hours anywhere in the world. The charity has distributed over 100,000 ShelterBoxes, assisted over a million needy people in over 70 countries, and raised and distributed more than £100M in aid across the world. Tom has received a significant number of national and international accolades for his work, including the ‘Nobel Prize of the charity world', the Beacon Prize in 2008; the Trelawney Plate, that recognises those who sum up the spirit of Cornwall in 2009; US President Obama's "Lifetime Achievement Award" for outstanding voluntary service in 2010; and an OBE for his outstanding contribution to disaster relief work in 2011.
Peter Hodgson CBE DL - Peter Hodgson is a senior partner of chartered accountants, Hodgsons, and a former Chairman of University College Falmouth. In addition to his role at Hodgsons, Peter is a director of various private companies. He is also involved in a number of voluntary organisations and charities. Peter was Chairman of University College Falmouth from 1999 to 2007, having been a governor since 1997 and Chairman of the Finance Committee between 1998 and 1999. During his term as governor and then Chairman, Peter oversaw the purchase of the Tremough Campus and the subsequent decision to share the space with the University of Exeter. He also presided over the achievement of Taught Degree Awarding Powers and the name change from Falmouth College of Arts to University College Falmouth. Peter was instrumental in the merger with Dartington College of Arts in 2008. Peter was appointed High Sheriff of Cornwall in 2005 and Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall in 2006.
Peter Kosminsky - Peter Kosminsky is a BAFTA award-winning writer and director for TV and Film. Peter joined the BBC straight from Oxford University. He was a Drama Script Editor before moving to Current Affairs as a director on Nationwide, Breakfast Time and Newsnight. In 1985, he moved to Yorkshire Television where he was a Producer/Director on First Tuesday and secured the first of his BAFTA nominations for Shoot to Kill. Since 1995, Peter has worked largely as a freelance drama director, doubling up as writer/director on several projects. His programmes have won several BAFTAs and he has been responsible for some of the most celebrated dramas of recent times, including No Child of Mine, Warriors, The Project, The Government Inspector, Britz and The Promise. Peter has directed two feature films for Hollywood studios: Wuthering Heights and White Oleander. He was awarded the BAFTA Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to TV in 1999.
John Simmons - John Simmons is an independent writer and consultant, a director of The Writer and champion for the use of better language in business. John has led many large branding programmes with companies as diverse as Waterstone's, Royal Mail, Air Products and the National Theatre. Whilst working for global brand consultancy, Interbrand, he established their verbal identity team which looks at the delivery of consistent brand language. He now runs ‘Writing for Design' workshops for D&AD and residential courses in remote retreats which aim to promote more creative writing for business. He is a founder director of 26, a not-for-profit group that champions the cause of better language in business. John has written a number of books on the relationship between language and identity. In June 2011, John's first work of fiction, The Angel of the Stories, was published by Dark Angels Press, with illustrations by the artist, Anita Klein.
Bonnie Dean - Bonnie Dean is the Chief Executive of the new Bristol & Bath Science Park. Bonnie was educated in the United States and received a BA(Hons) from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University. She has worked as a senior executive in a number of global private and listed companies in the engineering sector and since 2005 has served in a non-executive capacity on public/private initiatives. She is a former Chair of the Commissioning Committee of University College Falmouth's Academy for Innovation & Research and was instrumental in helping the University College secure funding for the building. Bonnie is a former Trustee of the Design Council. She was actively involved in bringing the Dott programme to Cornwall and served on its Board. She continues to be involved in the Designing Demand programme.She is a Trustee of the Brandon Trust and a Director of OISE Holdings Limited.
Karen Christopher - Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance deviser, performer, and teacher. Karen was a member of the Chicago-based performance group Goat Island for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009. With Goat Island, Karen performed throughout the USA and the UK, and in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, and Switzerland. Between 2009-11, Karen undertook a three-year devising project entitled The Dove, the Ghost, the Handkerchief Tree with students from Dartington College of Arts, which accompanied them through their first year at University College Falmouth. Essays on performance and related topics by Karen have appeared in TDR, Frakcija, and in Small Acts of Repair: Performance, Ecology and Goat Island (Routledge; Stephen Bottoms & Matthew Goulish, eds.) Karen now lives and works in London where she has launched Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, teaches at Central School of Speech & Drama, and is an associate artist at Chelsea Theatre.
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