Professor John Fothergill is awarded a Life Fellowship by Bishop Grosseteste University
Bishop Grosseteste University has awarded a Life Fellowship to Professor John Fothergill. The ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral was part of the institution's celebrations to mark its newly granted University status.
Life Fellowships are given to long serving members of staff or the Council who have gone the extra mile. People from the local community whose commitment is deemed to have been exceptional are also eligible to receive the honour.
Professor Fothergill served on the then Governing Body of Bishop Grosseteste as the University of Leicester link governor from 2004 until the end of his second term of office in 2012. He also took on the role of Chair of the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee for several years.
Professor Muriel Robinson OBE is the Vice-Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University. She says Professor Fothergill was extremely engaged and supportive in his role:
"We really valued having John's input as a governor and at the helm of the Finance, Employment and General Purposes Committee. He not only brought great wisdom from his wide experience in Higher Education but also showed a real understanding of how smaller institutions work as well as a warmth and enthusiasm for the very special atmosphere at Bishop Grosseteste. He regularly engaged with events above and beyond his formal governor role, showing tremendous commitment to us."
Professor Fothergill joined City University London as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) in August 2012. An eminent academic and experienced leader, Professor Fothergill was PVC at a critical time in the development of the University of Leicester and played a major part in its preparations for the last Research Assessment Exercise, in strengthening levels of student satisfaction and in enhancing Leicester's estate. He is a fellow of the IEE (Chartered Engineer), a member of the Institute of Physics (Chartered Physicist) and a Fellow of the IEEE.