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Summer Degree Congregations 2013 - Tuesday 16

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Congratulations to all our graduands from the following Faculties, who are receiving their degrees today:

Morning ceremonies @11am
  • Warwick Medical School
  • English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • History of Art
Afternoon ceremonies @ 3pm
  • Statistics
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Warwick Manufacturing Group

We hope you have a wonderful day! You can view the storify from day one #warwickgrad

We would also like to pass on our congratulations to Sir Paul Nurse and Michael MacKenzie our Honorary Graduands.


Today's Honorary Graduands

Sir Paul Nurse

Sir Paul Nurse, Honorary Doctor of Science (11am)

Sir Paul Nurse is President of the Royal Society, which exists to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. He started his five year term there in December 2010. He was awarded his undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham in 1970. In 1973 he achieved his PhD from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia. From there he went on to work at the University of Edinburgh for six years.

Sir Paul is a geneticist and cell biologist who has worked on how the eukaryotic cell cycle is controlled and how cell shape and cell dimensions are determined. His major work has been on the cyclin dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction.

He is President of the Royal Society and Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London and has served as Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University. He shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and has received the Albert Lasker Award and the Royal Society's Royal and Copley Medals. He was knighted in 1999 for services in cancer research and cell biology, and he received the Legion d'honneur in 2003.


Michael MacKenzie
Michael MacKenzie, Honorary Doctor of Law (3pm)

After a 21 year career in the wine trade, Michael MacKenzie took a change of direction and became Director of Operations for Scottish European Aid, an aid agency specialising in Eastern Europe. Whilst working in Bosnia in 1993, a ‘bit of a bump’ curtailed this new occupation earlier than planned. Mike broke his ribs, collapsed his lungs, lost his spleen, broke his hands, lost his left leg, gave his head a serious bash and severed his spinal cord, resulting in paralysis from the chest level. He ended up in The National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville. He later lost the other leg.

After 18 months in hospital he returned to his home in Scotland where he found that, with some determination, life was a great but very possible challenge. Michael is now a motivational speaker, hotel and leisure industry disability consultant, writer, charity chairman and adventurer. He has taken part in a wide variety of charity events and challenges including wheelchair relays, driving rallies and Around the World in 80 Ways, in which he circumnavigated the globe with two blind people.

Michael founded Spinal Injuries Together (SIT), a consortium of five national spinal charities, for which he is now Founding President. He is a Director at Motorsport Endeavour, a motorsport organisation for disabled people, especially service personnel. He is a Trustee at Dive-able, an organisation training people with disabilities to scuba dive. He is also Chairman and Trustee of the Poppa Guttmann Trust.