Honorary degree for Julian House founder Ian Sutherland
The founder of Julian House, Ian Sutherland, and software expert David Embleton will get honorary degrees from the University of Bath next week.
Bath University will handing out 10 honorary degrees as part of its summer award ceremonies at Bath Abbey.
More than 2,300 students will parade through the streets of Bath before heading to the abbey for ten ceremonies on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
As part of the celebrations, Mr Sutherland will receive an honorary degree of Master of Art. He was the first director of Bath homelessness charity Julian House and retired after 20 years in the role.
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He began as volunteer at its night shelter in 1987 while still holding down an full-time job designing computer systems.
Mr Embleton will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. He has been Pro-Chancellor at the University supporting spin-out companies.
He started his career writing software for Marconi Radar Systems and Logica, before setting up IPL software house in Bath.
Also being honoured next week is Howard Nicholson, who has been university librarian since 1992. Mr Nicholson set up the country's first 24-hour university library at Bath.
Christopher Holmes will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. He lost his sight overnight at the age of 14 but went on to become Britain’s most successful individual Paralympic swimmer, winning six gold medals at the Barcelona Games in 1992 and a further three gold medals at Atlanta and Sydney.
Road in Bath will be closed to traffic for the processions at 9.55am, 11am, 12.25pm, 1.30pm, 2.55pm and 4pm on all three days. An extra procession on Thursday will also shut streets at 5.25pm and 6.30pm.
The processions will begin at the Guildhall, go into the High Street, turn right into Cheap Street, and left down Farrs Passage into the Abbey Churchyard. They will return after the ceremonies past Rebecca’s Fountain and into the High Street.
Bath Abbey will be closed to visitors during the day from Monday July 2, to Thursday July 5.