Honorary graduates celebrated at University of Suffolk’s first fellows dinner

University of Suffolk main building

University of Suffolk main building - Credit: Archant

Familiar faces from across the county came together for the University of Suffolk’s first honorary graduates and fellows dinner as part of its year of celebration.

University of Suffolk vice-chancellor Richard Lister. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

University of Suffolk vice-chancellor Richard Lister. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The event, held last week as part of the university’s celebrations since becoming an independent institution last August, featured honorary graduates from the last decade including former Ipswich Town Football Club chairman David Sheepshanks, BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy, Families in Need (FIND) founder Maureen Reynel and Oscar-winning writer and director Mat Kirkby.

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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