Anglia Ruskin honours top names

29th of October, 2010 Bookmark and Share
Cambridge has witnessed bigger crowds than usual during Anglia Ruskin University’s graduation week.

During the two days of excitement and elation, over 1800 Anglia Ruskin University undergraduate and postgraduate students donned ceremonial graduation gowns and brought family and friends to mark the completion of their degrees.

The students represented the Ashcroft International Business School, the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Health and Social Care and the Faculty of Arts Law and Social Sciences.

Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne said: ‘These hard working and determined graduates have done exceptionally well and they and their families should be very proud of their impressive academic achievements. We wish them every success in their chosen careers or onward educational pursuits and hope that they will be aim to achieve great things in life, like our distinguished honorary graduates have who are will be joining us to collect their awards.’

‘These should be great days of celebration for everyone involved.’

Alexandra Pringle, a high-flying book publisher with Bloomsbury Publishing plc, who graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 1975, was presented with a the Alumni Success in Business Award 2010, during graduations. The special prize was bestowed on Alexandra for her outstanding success as an international book publisher.

13 honorary awards were also presented during the faculty-themed ceremonies to various individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Murray Grigor received an Honorary Doctor of Arts award for his ongoing contribution to the arts spanning over 40 years. He is an independent Scottish film-maker, writer and exhibition curator who has won international acclaim. Born in Inverness and a graduate of St Andrews University, he started his career with the BBC, leaving in 1967 to direct the Edinburgh International Film Festival, an event which he helped rejuvenate by recruiting a creative team which made it a key event in film culture well into the seventies.

His own first film in 1968 featured the then neglected Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, winning five international awards and helping to re-establish the reputation of the architect, designer and artist, now celebrated world-wide as one of the most creative figures of the early twentieth century. Since then Murray has made over 50 films covering arts and architecture.

In 1976 he was awarded a UK/US Bicentennial Fellowship in the Arts to research a film on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, which led to his multi award winning feature documentary, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, with the architect's granddaughter Anne Baxter. For this he received a Citation of Excellence from the American Institute of Architecture, the first ever to be awarded to a film-maker.

Films on artists and architects include Space and Light, 1973, on St Peter's Seminary, Cardross; The Hand of Adam on the architecture of Robert Adam, 1975; E.P. Sculptor on the art of Eduardo Paolozzi which won the Rodin prize at the 1992 Paris Biennale; The Architecture of Carlo Scarpa, 1995 with Richard Murphy, which opened the Montréal Festival du Films sur l'Art. Murray has also made a number of humorous and polemical films and exhibitions.

Alison Baker
Alison Baker