2nd January 2002




Lincoln’s university is to honour the city’s former bishop at a postgraduate awards ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral later this month.


The Right Reverend Robert Hardy stepped down in October 2001 after 14 years as Bishop of Lincoln.


But he will be making a swift return to the cathedral on Wednesday 23rd January, where he will receive an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Lincoln in recognition of his ministry in the city.


Up to 100 postgraduate students, many of whom came to study in Lincoln from overseas, will also receive their awards at the ceremony, which will begin at 2.30pm.


The Right Reverend Robert Hardy was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield and at Clare College, Cambridge before he was ordained as a priest in 1963.


He was Bishop of Lincoln from 1986 until 2001 and will be succeeded later this year by the Right Reverend John Saxbee, who is presently Suffragan Bishop and Archdeacon of Ludlow in the Diocese of Hereford.


The university stages one winter awards ceremony in Lincoln for postgraduate students and a further four ceremonies for degree students in the summer.


“We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Bishop back to Lincoln and presenting him with this honorary award in recognition of the good work he has done in the diocese over many years,” said a university spokesman.


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