The University of Suffolk has hosted its first event especially for its Honorary Graduates and Fellows.
The dinner, held on Wednesday 19 April, saw a variety of guests including former Ipswich Town Chairman David Sheepshanks, Oscar winning writer-director Mat Kirkby, BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy and founder of Suffolk charity FIND, Maureen Reynel.
All of which have been given Honorary Awards over the past ten years. The dinner was to mark the University’s Year of Celebration and it is hoped it will become an annual event.
Honorary Fellow Will King delivered the keynote speech. Born in Lowestoft, Will King, is known for his King of Shaves men’s grooming company which in 2014 celebrated its 21st year. This summer he will launch ‘King of Shades’, a new brand of eyewear.
Celia Edey OBE, introduced the University’s Foundation Board, of which she is Chair. The charitable Foundation was formed last year and aims to enable transformational financial contributions to students, staff and facilities.
Other attendees included the founders of the charity Dom’s Trust, Alan and Helen Barker. The Trust was set up in 1997 and named after their son Dominic. Its aim is to fund research into stammering and was created after Dominic, who found the burden of stammering so great, took his own life. The University of Suffolk has been working with Dom’s Trust on a longitudinal research project into the effects of stammering on children and young people.
2011 Honorary Graduate William Kendall was also present. As an environmentalist, entrepreneur and Suffolk organic farmer, William ran the The New Covent Garden Soup Company for ten years and acquired the Green & Black’s organic chocolate business.
Richard Lister, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk, said “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.”
“We are very keen to foster the sense of community amongst our Honorary Graduates and Fellows and we are delighted so many could attend this event. We look forward to closer working relationships with our Honorary Graduates and Fellows, who play an integral part in the life of our University.”
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