Essex & Herts CEO, Jane Gurney, to be honoured at University of Essex Graduation 2022
Honorary degrees will be presented by the University of Essex to outstanding figures in the arts, sport, technology, science and business sectors as it holds its summer graduation ceremonies for the first time since 2019.
Among those being recognised in the ceremonies in July are inspirational Essex residents, who will be receiving honorary degrees, and this includes chief executive of the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust, Jane Gurney, and Paralympian athlete, author and sporting ambassador Anne Wafula Strike MBE.
The distinguished Honorary Graduands will join thousands of Essex students plus their guests for the highlight of the University’s calendar. This year, Graduation ceremonies will stretch across two weeks for the first time, starting from Monday 18 July.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “We are delighted to be recognising the contribution of these incredible individuals who are a real inspiration to our community.
“Many receiving honorary degrees are Essex alumni who have gone on to make a significant difference across the globe and represent the Essex spirit in action. We are also honouring other inspirational figures in their chosen fields and we are thrilled to welcome them to our Essex family as honorary graduates.”
Since 1967, the University of Essex has honoured more than 300 people from many walks of life for their varied contributions to learning, creativity and knowledge, to human welfare and human rights, and to the building and maintaining of a fairer society.”
Jane Gurney has led the charity since 2003 and is a passionate advocate for the charity sector. She has won a number of awards in recognition of her leadership and commitment.
“I was truly honoured and delighted to hear that I had been nominated for this very special award, and I’m humbled to join my fellow graduates at this celebration. Growing up and working in the county of Essex makes receiving this award from the University of Essex even more meaningful. Our life-saving service at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is only possible through the dedication and hard work of my amazing team.”
Other leading figures receiving honorary degrees include:
Leading mental health and human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE, campaigning environmental journalist Charles Clover and former Times Higher Education editor Judith Judd, who served as Chair of Council at the University.
Essex alumni making a global impact are also being honoured including Head of EMEA and CEO of Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc Clare Woodman CBE – one of the most senior women in international banking in the UK.
Other leading Essex alumni receiving honorary degrees are recently retired CEO of the Institute of Physics Professor Paul Hardaker, Founding Director of V&A Dundee and now Chief Executive for the National Trust in Scotland Philip Long OBE, influential computer scientist Nigel Roberts FBCS, and well-known actor and East 15 Acting School graduate David Yip.
Graduation 2022 will see entrepreneur Chantelle Bell named Alumna of the Year, Chantelle is co-founder of Syrona Health, which is working to improve management of chronic gynaecological health conditions.
For more information visit https://www.essex.ac.uk/news/2022/06/07/university-of-essex-honorary-graduates-2022
Photo of Jane taken by Phil Mynott