The University of Law (ULaw) this weekend celebrated the graduation of its Bachelor and Master of Law students and awarded Professor Nigel Savage, former president of ULaw, with an honorary Doctorate. The graduation ceremony, which took place in the Great Hall of Central Hall Westminster on Saturday, 18 April 2015, marked the achievements of more than 1,000 graduates from both the UK and overseas.
Professor Nigel Savage
Rachel Vaughan, graduating from ULaw Manchester was a recipient of the Laytons LLP Prize, marking the highest accolade in Private Client Work. She said: "The teaching and support that I have received have been exceptional. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the university and feel confident that I now have the tools required to succeed in a career in the legal sector"
Graduate Victoria Charalambous, who studied the part-time GDL and LPC programmes at ULaw’s Guildford Centre while being a full-time working mother, said: “The University of Law has offered me a stellar introduction to the legal profession and a solid foundation on which to launch a legal career. I found the professionalism and academic experience of the tutors a huge bonus.”
Also at the ceremony, Professor Savage, who led the College of Law for 18 years and oversaw its transition to University status, was awarded an honorary doctorate. Professor Savage was recognised for his longstanding contribution to the development of the University’s programmes and his leadership in the profession.
Professor Savage joins a notable list of senior legal figures to be named honorary ULaw graduates, including Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the UK; Shami Chakrabarti, founder of Liberty; Lady Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court; and Fiona Woolf, formerly Lord Mayor of London and current Chancellor of ULaw. Last year Attorney General Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC and the UK’s best known legal commentator, Joshua Rozenberg were the recipients of the honorary doctorates.
John Latham, President and CEO ULaw, Professor Nigel Savage, former President ULaw, Fiona Woolf, formerly
Lord Mayor of London & current Chancellor of ULaw and Professor Andrea Nollent, ULaw Provost at The University of Law Graduation Ceremony
Upon receiving the honour Professor Savage said: ”I am delighted to accept this award and would like to acknowledge all the support that I have received over the years both from colleagues and students at The University of Law and from right across the legal sector."
Commenting on Professor Savage’s honorary degree, John Latham, President and CEO, ULaw, said: “It’s an honour to mark Professor Savage’s immense service to the university with this award. Few leaders in education can claim to have taken an institution as far as he did The University of Law, and this recognition is richly deserved."
Previous to his tenure at ULaw, Professor Savage was Dean of Nottingham Law School (NLS) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). He also served two terms on the Higher Education Funding Council from 2002 to 2008.
Fiona Woolf CBE, Chancellor of ULaw, addressed the ceremony urging the new graduates to grasp the multitude of opportunities presented to them, stating that success may come in many different forms, but that the most common thread is that they will be making a contribution to society.
Commending the graduates on their achievements, ULaw Provost Professor Andrea Nollent said: “History is full of lawyers who make a difference. The University of Law prides itself to count many of them as its alumni and I look forward to watching the development and success of today’s graduates.”
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