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26th January 2012, 3:44pm
Global educator among honoraries at January graduation
Mark Richmond addresses graduates at Lincoln Cathedral A former head of Social Sciences at the University, now director of education programmes in post-conflict zones around the world with the United Nations, joined students and specially invited guests at the University of Lincoln’s graduation ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral this week (25th January 2012).

Hull-born Mark Richmond became an Honorary Doctor of Education of the University, in recognition of his front-line work with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in establishing educational programmes in post-conflict areas including Rwanda, Somalia, Iraq and Kosovo. His association with the University of Lincoln ran from 1977 until 1994.

He said: “The invitation from the University of Lincoln to receive the award of Honorary Doctorate of Education came out of the blue; I had not been expecting anything like this. I feel really honoured, especially as a former staff member, to be offered this award. Indeed, I feel doubly fortunate – first, to have had the opportunity to pursue an interesting and challenging career in UNESCO and, second, to receive recognition for what I have done. I shall be retiring soon and this award from the University of Lincoln is a lovely way to bring things to a close.”

He was joined at the graduation ceremonies by Pamela Duncan who received the Chancellor’s Medal and John Jenkinson who became a Fellow of the University.

Many students also graduated from postgraduate programmes.

There were double celebrations for the Warriner family from Lincoln as Derek (58), and his daughter Leah (30), both graduated at the same ceremony.

Derek, from North Hykeham, was awarded an MA in Theatre and Consciousness, while Leah (Warriner-Wood) graduated with Distinction from the MA in Conservation of Historic Objects. Derek is a full-time lecturer at North Lindsey College while Leah juggled work and family whilst studying. She also got involved in a large project for Doddington Hall, assisting a National Trust Conservator in conserving a set of nationally-important tapestries.

There were many international students attending the ceremony, delighted at receiving their awards in the magnificent setting of Lincoln Cathedral.

Olatunde Olodude (39) is a Commander serving in the Nigerian Navy. He won a prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the British Council to study MSc Human Resource Management. As part of his course Olatunde was able to conduct performance management within the UK Armed Forces.

Mildred Tettey from Accra in Ghana also graduated from the MSc Human Resource Management programme, having spent more than 20 years working in human resources, holding a senior HR role in a Ghanaian bank. As part of her own career plan, she decided to take a one-year break and return to higher education. Her criteria were to find a mature, student friendly university located in a city centre, providing a safe environment in which to live and study. “The University of Lincoln came top on my list,” she said.

Ann East (34) graduated with an MSc in Child Studies with Distinction. A lead counsellor for adolescents with substance abuse problems for more than 10 years in Pennsylvania, USA, Ann wanted to open up opportunities in the wider job market. She was impressed by both the University of Lincoln's prospectus and the modules offered on the MSc programme. She is now expecting her first child and is planning another relocation with her husband - back to the Lincoln area – where she hopes to undertake a PhD.

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