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Honorary Degree Orations
Public Orator, Venu Dhupa presented the Honorary Graduand at the Degree Ceremony held on Friday 14 July at 3.00pm
Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Lord Lieutenant, Civic Leaders, Honorary Graduands, Graduands, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is a tribute to this University that it acknowledges the achievements of such an imaginative, wise, far – sighted and compassionate individual as Jeremy Newton. He is a pioneer who has led nationally important initiatives in the cultural field. His career path has been unconventional including early days on the stage, through finance and heading the National Arts Lottery. Recently successfully leading the UKs National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts from its creation by Act of Parliament in 1998 which set out its mandate until 2005 when he took up the post of Director of the Louise T Blouin Foundation.
Though a career in the Arts, NESTA Futurelab and Planet Science, Jeremy has been committed to enabling talented people fulfil their potential. Always working in compliment to the support available through the Research Councils. This has been particularly relevant to scientists pursuing individual investigations that could impact on all our lives but who find it hard to make headway outside existing frameworks.
I am honoured to know Jeremy, in his life, his scholarship and his work he exemplifies breadth and depth and the importance of our links to the wider world and our desire to embrace a more holistic perspective. Of course he has had the support of his family some of whom are here to day and whom we warmly welcome.
Therefore, Chancellor, I present to you and to the whole university Jeremy Newton for the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa.