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The Univer­sity of Derby’s Novem­ber awards cer­e­monies are a high­light of the Univer­sity’s cal­en­dar. Each year at the same time as thou­sands of grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, guests and VIPS at­tend the cer­e­monies, a num­ber of Hon­orary De­grees are also awarded. The awards are made to no­table peo­ple with a strong con­nec­tion to the Univer­sity, the city and the county in recog­ni­tion of the valu­able con­tri­bu­tions they have made to the re­gion in their fields.

This year’s re­cip­i­ents at the Derby Arena were Kay Fawcett OBE, Derby’s for­mer Chief Nurse, world-lead­ing but­ter­fly ex­pert, Colin Tread­way-hoare, and lo­cal en­tre­pre­neur Steve Perez.

Kay Fawcett OBE, awarded Hon­orary Doc­tor of the Univer­sity, has had a long and distin­guished ca­reer in nurs­ing in the Mid­lands, fol­low­ing a 37-year ca­reer with the NHS by mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the trans­for­ma­tion of the sup­port worker work­force, and the de­vel­op­ment of both ap­pren­tice­ship stan­dards for health­care sup­port work­ers and the nurs­ing de­gree ap­pren­tice­ship. Steve Perez, Hon­orary Master of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, is chair­man of Global Brands, a lead­ing in­de­pen­dent drinks busi­ness, and owner of Casa Ho­tel and Peak Edge Ho­tel in Ch­ester­field. Steve grew up in Ch­ester­field and founded the Global Beer Com­pany in 1986. By 2002, Global Brands was the UK’S fourth fastest­grow­ing com­pany and Steve was voted CBI En­tre­pre­neur of the Year. Steve is also a four-time Bri­tish rally cham­pion. Colin Tread­away-hoare, Hon­orary Doc­tor of the Univer­sity, has stud­ied and iden­ti­fied hun­dreds of new species of but­ter­flies. Fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from a long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer

Lizzie Ball re­ceiv­ing her hon­orary de­gree with, l to r, Stephen Smith, Chair of Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil, Lord Burling­ton, Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity and Pro­fes­sor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity

Steve Perez (cen­tre) with, l to r, Vice-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity, Pro­fes­sor Kathryn Mitchell, Stephen Smith, Chair of Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil, and Lord Burling­ton, Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity

Kay Fawcett with Paula Holt, Pro ViceChan­cel­lor Dean – Health and So­cial Care

Max Fis­cher sign­ing the Univer­sity of Derby’sGreat Book, hav­ing re­ceived his hon­orary Master of Arts de­gree

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