This year, the University will honour some of its alumni, notable individuals from the South West area and key figures who have made a significant contribution within their field and to society, nationally and internationally. Read our news story.
Dr Elena Becker-Barroso
Dr Elena Becker-Barroso is the Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Neurology. She joined the editorial team in August 2005 as a Senior Editor. At that time, her major responsibility was to oversee the original-research section of the journal.
The Lancet Neurology is now the leading academic journal in clinical neurology, in large part because of the relevance and quality of its research articles.
Professor Dame Mary Beard DBE FSA FBA
Mary Beard is one of Britain's best-known Classicists – a distinguished Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College. She has written numerous books on the Ancient World, including the 2008 Wolfson Prize-winner, Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town.
In addition, Mary has presented highly-acclaimed TV series, Meet the Romans and Rome – Empire without Limit, as well as documentaries on Pompeii, Caligula and Julius Caesar, and is a regular broadcaster and media commentator.
Professor Gordon Marshall CBE
Gordon was appointed Director of the Leverhulme Trust in 2011. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, Chief Executive of the Economic and Research Council, and Official Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford.
Before joining Nuffield College he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, and a visiting Professor at several European universities.
Dr Howard Fillit MD
Howard Fillit, MD, Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, is an internationally recognised geriatrician, neuroscientist, expert in Alzheimer's disease and an innovative philanthropy executive.
The mission of the not-for-profit Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation is to rapidly accelerate the discovery and development of drugs to prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease.
Eliud Kipchoge is seen as the greatest marathon runner of all time. During an unparalleled career, the Kenyan distance running great has won 11 out of 12 official marathon races, claiming the Olympic title, eight Marathon Major victories (four London, three Berlin and one Chicago Marathon) and is also the owner of the official world record.
In his most recent outing at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Eliud created history by becoming the first person to run a subtwo-hour marathon.
Dr Elena Becker-Barroso, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Neurology, was honoured in recognition of her outstanding contribution in the field of neurology.
Professor Dame Mary Beard DBE, Professor of Classics, was honoured for her outstanding contribution to the study of classical civilisations.
Professor Gordon Marshall CBE, Director of the Leverhulme Trust, was honoured in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of education.
Dr Howard Fillit MD, Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, was honoured in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of medicine.
Mr Eliud Kipchoge, Olympic Gold and world record holder in the marathon, was honoured in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of sport.