Award-winning, Essex-born writer and campaigner on poverty issues Jack Monroe received an Honorary Degree from the University of Essex on 14 July 2015. Here she offers her thoughts on the award and offers some advice and encouragement to University of Essex graduates.
Professor Paul Thompson is a pioneer in oral history and has worked at the University of Essex since 1964. He founded the journal Oral History in 1971 and established National Life Stories at the British Library, now the largest oral history archive in Europe. He was founding director of Qualidata now part of the UK Data Archive.
Professor Andrew Mack was a Sociology student at Essex from 1966-69 and was inspired by his involvement in student activism. He went on to revolutionise the field of peace research, making important contributions to the work of the United Nations and working at leading universities around the world.
We were honoured to welcome Peter Firmin and Bagpuss to Graduation 2015 to celebrate their love of creativity and storytelling through the awarding of an Honorary Degree. In partnership with Oliver Postgate, Peter created some of the most iconic children's television characters of the past 50 years.
Andrea Stark is a founder and first Chief Executive of High House Production Park in Thurrock, a centre of excellence for creative industries. The new charity was established to advance culture-led regeneration and education for the benefit of the people of Essex. It is in the heart of Europe’s largest regeneration area.
Andrea is an influential advocate, generating new ideas for the role culture can play at the heart of public policy and strategy at a national and local level.