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Graduations and fellowships

Posted on 20/07/2011

Over 3,000 King's students have graduated this summer, with nine ceremonies taking place at the Barbican Centre and Southwark Cathedral. Around 2,500 students also graduated at ceremonies held in January.

As part of the proceedings, the College awarded this year's Fellowships and Honorary Fellowships, which are among the most prestigious awards King's can bestow. 

Offering his warmest congratulations to all those graduating, the Principal, Professor Sir Richard Trainor, commented: 'It is very important to have an occasion at which graduates' success can be shared with each other, with their supporters and with those who have taught them at King's.

'Those celebrating today are graduating from one of the world's top universities, a major centre of research, teaching and innovation. We are very proud of our most recent alumni, and hope they will retain their links with the College and with the friends they have made here. 

The following individuals were awarded a Fellowship or an Honorary Fellowship of King's College London:


Sir Terry Pratchett

Professor David Carpenter
As Professor of Mediaeval History at King's, David Carpenter combines world-class distinction in research (notably in the Henry III Fine Rolls Project) with inspirational teaching at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Ms Teresa Cheng SC    
Teresa Cheng is a distinguished lawyer with an outstanding record of public service in Hong Kong. She has been a highly valued member of the King's College London Association Hong Kong Branch.

Professor Margaret Cox OBE
Margaret Cox's distinguished career in academia includes the professorship of Information Technology in Education at King's (now Emerita) and the award of the OBE for services to education in 2001.

Patrick Disney
Patrick Disney has been a member of the College Council and of the Audit & Compliance Committee, and Chairman of the Trustee Board of the Guy's and St Thomas' Charity. He is now Chairman of the Finance Committee's Investments Sub-committee.

Sir Christopher Geidt KCVO OBE PC
Sir Christopher Geidt is an alumnus of King's who is Private Secretary to the Queen and a Member of the Privy Council. He received an OBE in 1997 for service in Bosnia, and is a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Rt Reverend Graeme Knowles
Rt Reverend Graeme Knowles is an alumnus of King's who is Dean of St Paul's. Formerly Bishop of Sodor and Man, he is a Member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society and of General Synod and Chairman of the Church Buildings Council.

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty CBE
Anne Marie Rafferty is Professor of Nursing Policy and Head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King's. She was awarded a CBE in 2009 for exceptional services to healthcare.

Professor Dame Alison Richard DL
Professor Dame Alison Richard is a highly distinguished physical anthropologist and one of the College's most prominent academic alumni. From 2003 to 2010 she was Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, where she led its 800th anniversary campaign.

Rory Tapner
Rory Tapner is a distinguished banker and graduate of King's who is Honorary Treasurer of the College; Chairman of the Finance Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board for the College's World questions | King's answers.

Professor Graham Thornicroft
Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's. In 2009 his team won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for higher education: the first to be awarded in the area of mental health.

Mrs Fields Wicker-Miurin OBE
Mrs Fields Wicker-Miurin recently completed nine years as Chairman of the College's Audit & Compliance Committee and a member of the College Council. Formerly Finance Director of the London Stock Exchange, she is co-founder of the social enterprise Leaders' Quest.

Honorary Fellows

Lord Butler of Brockwell
Lord Butler was Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service from 1988 to 1998. He is Chairman of King's Health Partners and a member of the Board of the World questions | King's answers.

Lord Fink
Lord Fink is a founding father of the UK hedge fund industry who has become one of the UK's leading philanthropists. He chaired the St Thomas' Evelina Children's Hospital Appeal and is now President of the Evelina.

Jeremy Leigh-Pemberton CBE
Jeremy Leigh Pemberton is a highly successful businessman with a distinguished record of service in public life and the charitable sector. He is Chairman of the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust which endowed the first UK Chair in Medicine & the Arts at King's.

Madeliene Long
Madeliene Long, a barrister, is Chair of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and an elected Member of Lewisham Council. She was the longest-serving interim Chair of the Board of King's Health Partners.

Brenda Maddox
Brenda Maddox (Lady Maddox) is an acclaimed writer, journalist and biographer. Her many prize-winning biographies include Rosalind Franklin: The dark lady of DNA (2002), on which she has memorably spoken at King's in recent years.

Michael Parker OBE
Michael Parker is Chairman of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Board of King's Health Partners, with a distinguished record of public service in the field of health.

Sir Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most successful authors who has sold in excess of 70 million books worldwide in nearly 40 languages. He is a vigorous campaigner and generous provider of funds for the study of dementia.

Patrick Spottiswoode
Patrick Spottiswoode was the founding Education Director at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and now heads the most substantial theatre education department in the UK. He is a prime mover in King's very important relationship with the Globe.


The College also conferred the Fellowship of King's earlier this year on Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Augustine Ong Soon Hock. Professor Tan Sri Augustine Ong is an honoured alumnus of King's who has been active in scientific research and development for over 50 years, and is King's senior alumnus in Malaysia.

In May, King's conferred the Honorary Fellowship of the College on
General Sir Rupert Smith KCB DSO (and Bar) OBE QGM. General Sir Rupert Smith is one of Britain's most distinguished soldiers, who has made a singular contribution to the intellectual understanding of war and has a long and significant relationship with the College.

The distinguished broadcaster David Dimbleby was also elected an Honorary Fellow of King's in 2011, and his Fellowship will be conferred at a ceremony early in 2012. David Dimbleby is Chair of the Trustees of Dimbleby Cancer Care which supports King's and its partner hospitals, and he chaired the public launch of the World questions | King's answers fundraising campaign.

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