Outstanding contribution

CEO Ralph will receive an honorary degree from Keele University this summer.

Ralph will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to the university during his time as Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council (2014-2018).

As an ambassador, Ralph supported the development of the university’s strategy and ambition, overseeing investment in huge projects like the building of new science labs and student accommodation. His guidance helped the university maintain a brilliant reputation for student satisfaction and academic excellence.

Here’s what Ralph said about his time at Keele University:

Q: Why was it so important for you to offer support and guidance at Keele?

A: I think these are challenging times for young people and finding employment isn’t easy – I  thought working with Keele would be an opportunity to do something in that area. Also, the university is engaged in so many worthwhile research projects which have a positive impact on people’s lives – for example, illnesses associated with aging – and I learned a lot during my time there.

Q: What was your biggest achievement as Pro-Chancellor/Chair of Council?

A: We made a number of big changes, including building a new science lab and a new Management School (partly funded by a generous donation from Denise Coates of Bet365). I think the one I will look forward to seeing develop over the coming years (even though I am no longer part of it!) will be a joint venture with Harper Adams to found a new Veterinary Science School – the first in Staffordshire!

Q: What’s your favourite thing about Keele University?

A: The campus – the grounds are beautiful, with woods and lakes and the students never want to leave!

Also receiving special honorary degrees are seven other outstanding individuals from the fields of science, culture, health and entrepreneurship. For the full list, click here.

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, said: “All of our honorary graduates have made outstanding contributions to their respective fields and we are very proud to celebrate their achievements alongside those of our students. I look forward to joining them at the official ceremonies in July to mark their accomplishments.”

Click here to read an interview where Ralph talks about his time as Chair of Council and what the role involves.  


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