The University of Warwick has announced today, Friday 25th May 2007, that it will hold a special ceremony in its Venice base (the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava) to award honorary degrees to two of the most active and visionary supporters of UK links with Venice: Lady Frances Clarke and Professor Michael Mallett. They will both be made Honorary Doctors of Letters (Hon DLitt).
The degree to be awarded to Lady Clarke recognises her outstanding work for Venice – particularly as President of Venice in Peril - the British Committee for the Preservation of Venice. She has also offered unparalleled support of the University of Warwick’s Venice programme which has enabled over 1500 UK students and researchers to have a period of study or research in Venice. Lady Clarke’s work in Venice has been acknowledged by a number of other awards: she is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, she has been granted honorary citizenship of Venice and was also given the prestigious Elena Bassi prize.
Professor Michael Mallett was one of the joint founders of the Warwick in Venice Programme in 1967 and he was director of the programme from 1970 until 1999. He is the author of a number of significant books on Renaissance Italy including Mercenaries and their Masters: Warfare in Renaissance Italy and (with Sir John Hale) The Military Organisation of a Renaissance State: Venice c. 1400 to 1617. He is a Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Since 1967 over 1,500 undergraduates and graduates have studied in Venice. Apart from teaching, the Warwick in Venice programme has acted as a focus of research by distinguished scholars from around the world.
For further information please contact:
Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Warwick
el: 024 76 523708 or 07767 655860