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A celebration of success at City's January graduation

A Tech City CEO, a behavioural economist, a judge and City’s Chancellor receive honorary degrees


Families, friends and loved ones gathered at the Barbican this week to celebrate the graduation of more than 5,000 City students. Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University's five Schools were awarded their degrees throughout the week of ceremonies.

Each year, City proudly awards honorary doctorates to individuals who have achieved high academic or profession distinction in their fields. Following careful consideration, four individuals, regarded as outstanding role models for City students, were selected and recognised during the week. The honorary graduates delivered speeches during their respective ceremonies, sharing their experiences and offering advice to the most recent cohort of City graduates.

Sarah Wood, Co-CEO of Unruly

Sarah is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Unruly, one of the world’s leading media companies. She co-founded Unruly in January 2006 with her partners Scott Button and Matthew Cooke. In just ten years Unruly has grown to become a company with 200 staff in 15 international offices. Sarah was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her outstanding entrepreneurial leadership.

Professor George Loewenstein, Behavioural Economics Academic

Professor George Loewenstein is one of the founders of the field of behavioural economics and is the Herbert A Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He has made a major contribution with his seminal research on the application of psychology to economics. Professor Loewenstein was presented with the award of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Economic and Behavioural sciences.

Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah, Circuit Judge

Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah, who sits at Luton Crown Court, became the first Circuit Judge of African origin when she was appointed to the South Eastern Circuit in December 2005. She has enjoyed an extensive career at the Bar and on the Bench and has made a notable contribution to legal education in her role as a law lecturer at the City Law School’s precursor, The Inns of Court School of Law.  

Alderman the Lord Mountevans, Lord Mayor of London

Since 1966, City has had the privilege of welcoming the Lord Mayor of London each year as its Chancellor. Alderman The Lord Mountevans is the 688th Lord Mayor of London, and City recognised his contributions to the City of London and installed him as the Chancellor of the University. Lord Mountevans’ City career began in 1972, when he joined the world’s leading shipbroker Clarksons as a graduate trainee. Appointed to the Board in 1989 and as Managing Director of the Gas Division from 2001 to 2014, he is one of the company’s longest serving employees. He was elected an Alderman in 2007 and served as Sheriff from 2012 to 2013. During his career, he has established strong links within the Square Mile and across the world and is a widely-respected and dedicated ambassador for the shipping industry and UK business generally.

Professor Sir Paul Curran said:

Graduation is one of the proudest times in the University calendar. It is a great privilege to attend and recognise the outstanding achievements of our latest cohort of graduates. It is also a pleasure to award honorary degrees to four such esteemed and well-respected individuals and to welcome them as members of City. I congratulate all those graduating or receiving honorary doctorates.

Lord Mountevans said: “The greatest asset that we have in the City and in wider London, is the very people that work and live here. Making sure that we have world class education providers, such as City University London, offering opportunities for people to challenge themselves in an intellectually demanding environment, is essential to the long term success of the UK. As a nation we have a long and proud history of excellent educational institutions and City University London is a prime example.”

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