UWE awards honorary degree to Antony Jinman

Issue date: 25 July 2011


UWE Awards Ceremony at Bristol Cathedral

The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education to Antony Jinman in recognition of his pioneering work with young people and raising awareness of the environment.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Environment and Technology on Tuesday 26 July 2011 at Bristol Cathedral.

Born in Plymouth, Antony spent five years in the armed forces before leaving to pursue his dream of becoming an explorer. He became an adventure tour guide at 23 and then an expedition leader at the age of 25, travelling extensively all over the world.

Antony's first trip to the Arctic was in 2007, to take part in the Baffin Island Expedition for the Mitchem Trust, raising over £200,000 for vulnerable children. Baffin Island has become the home for Antony's Arctic expeditions, which have taken him to Greenland and the geographic North Pole in 2010.

For the past three years he has been developing his school outreach program, visiting schools and communicating his passion for expedition to children, hoping to inspire them, as he was inspired by his hero, Captain Robert Falcon Scott. This work has flourished to become Education Through Expeditions (ETE), a not-for-profit, community interest company that aims to connect explorers and schools on a global basis through a unique and pioneering web-based resource, to inspire and educate children of all ages.

Antony will be leading the International Scott Centenary Expedition to Antarctica in January 2012 to visit the final campsite of Scott and his Polar Party and hold a commemoration service.

Antony has received medals from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and has been endorsed by the Royal Geographical society. He was the UK's sole representative at the International Polar Year Teachers Conference in Oslo.

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