Issue date: 20 November 2001

Mr Anthony James Vernon Shepherd
Tuesday 20 November at 2.45pm, Bristol Business School Graduation Ceremony

Anthony Shepherd is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the promotion of Bristol and the social and economic regeneration of its region.

Anthony Shepherd was born in Bristol. He attended Blundells School, Tiverton. After military service as a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in the United Kingdom and Germany, he read Mechanical Sciences at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge.

Anthony Shepherd founded Alderley Holdings Limited in 1989. Its manufacturing base is in Wickwar, Wotton Under Edge, specialising in the manufacture of metering systems, flow computers, water treatment systems, fire protection and pollution control equipment for the oil, gas and process industries.

Anthony Shepherd is an eminent member of many business associations and groups. In particular, locally he is a past director of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, WESTEC and Business Link. In the wider region and nationally, he sits on a number of CBI working groups and the Export Credits Guarantee Department Advisory Council.

Mr John Hughes
Wednesday 21 November at 11.30am, Bristol Business School Graduation

John Hughes is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Master of Business Administration in recognition of his direct marketing related career achievements, and his promotion of links between industry and higher education.
John Hughes first career was in farming in East Africa. He returned to England in 1965 to join Mail Marketing, a business founded by his Mother. Since his return John Hughes and his colleagues have established the Mail Marketing Group (MMG) as one of the United Kingdom’s foremost direct marketing service companies.

John Hughes’ vision for the direct marketing industry helped inspire the establishment of the Direct Mail Sales Bureau. He is a founder member of the Institute of Direct Marketing; the first name on the Direct Marketing Association Role of Honour; and, a recipient of the prestigious Robert Bill award for services to his industry. In 1998 he was presented with the first award from Royal Mail in recognition of his contribution to Direct Marketing. He displays a passion for education and training within the marketing industry and sits on the Council for Industry and Higher Education and the National Council for Work Experience. More locally, he sits on the Confederation of British Industry Council for the South West.

A leading figure in Bristol’s business community, John Hughes participated with the Bristol Evening Post in the launch of Eagle Radio, now Star Radio, a community radio service. He has given valued and longstanding support to the University of the West of England, and to its Bristol Business School in particular.

Mr Christopher Shepley
Thursday 22 November at 2.45pm, Faculty of Built Environment Award Ceremony

Christopher Shepley is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to his profession and its academic development.

Christopher Shepley was appointed Chief Planning Inspector and Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate in 1994, based in Bristol. A member of many committees and working parties, Christopher Shepley remains the Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has served on the European Council of Town Planners. He is a member of the Architectural Advisory Group of the Arts Council and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is also Deputy Chairman of the Bath Festivals Trust. Christopher Shepley has given valued and longstanding support to the University of the West of England, and is a strong supporter of its Faculty of the Built Environment.

Professor Zygmunt Bauman
Tuesday 27 November at 11.30am, Faculty of Economics and Social Science

Zygmunt Bauman is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature in recognition of his distinguished contribution as scholar, writer, researcher, and teacher to social theory and sociology, particularly in advancing the modernity-postmodernity debate.

Zymunt Bauman’s reputation as an interpreter of postmodernity and globalisation is recognised on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1989 he was awarded the Amalfi Prize for sociology and social sciences. He was presented with a Festschrift in 1996, at Leeds University. In 1998 he received the prestigious Theodor W Adorno Prize.

Today Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology of the University of Leeds and the University of Warsaw. He is a man of immense intellectual distinction, whose academic achievements and contributions are recognised as of outstanding significance to the social sciences and humanities in Britain and internationally. He holds teaching posts in Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Professor Bauman has a unique talent for combining his many roles: scholar, writer, researcher and teacher.

The Faculty of Economics and Social Science at the University of the West of England, and in particular its Centre for Critical Theory, has established a strong connection with Professor Bauman. He sits as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Critical Theory, has led seminars and was the keynote speaker at the ‘Human Frailty: Rights, Ethics and the Search for Global Justice’ conference, held in Bristol earlier this year.


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