11th July 2003




An administrator at the University of Lincoln in Hull is to carry out a special duty for her employers before she retires after 18 years of service on campus.


Carole Mowforth will act as mace bearer for the day at one of the university’s summer awards ceremonies at Hull City Hall later this month.


Carole (57) will carry out the ceremonial duties on Thursday 24th July – just one day before she retires from her full-time job in academic registry.


“Our usual mace bearer is unable to attend the ceremony on the morning of 24th July, so the head of the Hull campus asked if I would take his place,” she explained.


“In view of my long association with the university she thought it would be quite a nice way to finish my time here.”


The role of the mace bearer is to lead the university procession into and out of City Hall, carrying the university’s ceremonial mace.


The mace is almost a metre long, weighs five kilos and is made mostly of rosewood and silver. Other materials in its construction are symbolic of the university’s roots – a lodestone on the head of the mace to represent the university’s maritime links, for example, and a design featuring five pieces of titanium celebrates the institution’s connections with the aerospace industry.


“It’s quite a responsibility – there’s going to be some sort of training but I haven’t had it yet so I’m looking forward to finding out more about the task.”


Carole brought up two daughters before starting work 18 years ago in the personnel department at Humberside College of Higher Education on Cottingham Road.


“I later worked in finance and I ended up working in the academic registry, looking after registration and academic appeals,” she said.


She is looking forward to learning Spanish and taking courses in art history and gardening in her retirement.


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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk