Dr Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing and member of the board at NHS Improvement received the title of Honorary Doctorate today in front of a cohort of graduating health students.
The Deputy Chief Nursing Officer of England was recognised for the many high profile NHS leadership roles she has held and her relationship with the University. She is a theatre nurse by background and has nearly 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS.
Dr May has often delivered keynote speeches at conferences hosted by the University of Suffolk including at the Research and Scholarly Activity Day in June this year. She has a close relationship with the Faculty of Health and Science.
Speaking before the ceremony she said “I’m very excited and privileged to accept this on behalf of the nursing profession. I am a local girl as such, whilst I was born in Wales I have spent the last 16 years in Colchester.”
“I would say to those graduating today be proud, work as a team and go for it. I’m only as good as the nurses out there and it is a wonderful profession to be in. It’s tough right now but equally these students, they are our future, they are the future of nursing.”
Honorary Awards recognise notable contributions to the educational or cultural well-being of society. This can be in business, industry, commerce or enterprise, for academic distinction, for public or community service or an exceptional involvement in the University.
1,342 students will be conferred at ceremonies in Ipswich this week. The ceremonies mark the graduation of the last full student cohort of University Campus Suffolk. Next autumn will see the conferral of the first degrees awarded by the University of Suffolk.