Graduation joy for students and honorary awardees

Graduation celebrations

Almost 1,000 students are collecting their degrees in graduation ceremonies taking place at the University of West London’s Ealing campus today and tomorrow. They are being joined by family and friends to celebrate their success and achievements.

Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, attended today’s graduation ceremony to collect an honorary award of Doctor of Letters, awarded by the University in recognition of her services to community relations and her tireless efforts to improve the justice system since the murder of her son Stephen in 1993.

Baroness Lawrence said: ‘I am so pleased and honoured to receive this award from the University of West London, which is an integral part of businesses and communities throughout west London. I was delighted to attend the occasion.’

(L-R) Laurence Geller CBE, Chancellor of UWL, Prof Peter John, Vice-Chancellor of UWL, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, Chris Humphries, Chair of the Board of Governors and Lord Faringdon, Pro Chancellor.

Also collecting an honorary Doctor of Letters award was John Holland-Kaye, the Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, for his contribution to educating the next generation of talent at UWL, via guest lectures and the airport’s close relationship with the university.

John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd

Mr Holland-Kaye said: ‘I’m delighted to be the recipient of this honorary degree from the University of West London. We’re incredibly proud of the relationship that Heathrow Airport has with the university. Education and the development of skills is crucial to the UK’s success and we’re very excited to be working closely with the university to provide guest lectures and programmes that nurture those skills.’ 

Professor Peter John, Vice-Chancellor of UWL, gave an inspiring speech. He said: ‘This has been a tremendous period of success for the university and our students have helped make UWL the very special place it is today. Our graduands’ accomplishments are the fruit of hard work over many years and will change their lives forever and hold them in good stead. We look forward to learning about their achievements in the future and believe they can be inspired by the outstanding individuals on whom we have bestowed honorary degrees today.’

Students celebrate outside UWL’s campus in Ealing

The graduation ceremonies are the highlight of an outstanding year for UWL, which has seen spectacular performances in league tables for the higher education sector. In the past year the university has leapt 28 places to No. 56 in the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018making UWL the top modern university in London and 8th modern university in the UK.* Elsewhere, UWL has risen 38 places to No.58 in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and climbed 27 places to No. 79 in The Complete University Guide 2018. 

*A modern university is a university created in, or after, 1992.