Honorary Degrees Awarded at the University of Bristol – Tuesday, 28 January
Press release issued: 28 January 2014
Bristol University is awarding honorary degrees to Jasmine Whitbread and Andrew Shore at degree ceremonies taking place today in the Wills Memorial Building.
Jasmine Whitbread will receive a Doctor of Laws in recognition of her contribution to child welfare.
She graduated from Bristol University in 1986, with a degree in English. On graduation, she moved into marketing, before deciding to work in the not-for-profit sector.
In 2005, Jasmine joined Save the Children as their UK CEO with the dual goals of performance improvement and a major restructuring of the global organisation.
This led to all the international programmes being integrated into one global structure and Jasmine was appointed as the CEO of Save the Children International in 2010.
Andrew Shore will be awarded a Doctor of Music for his services to opera in Britain.
He graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Theology in 1974. While at university, he was an active member of both the Music and Opera Societies. He is still a patron of the Bristol Opera Company.
His first position was with an Arts Council educational project – Opera for All – a small touring group. This ignited his desire to introduce opera to a wider audience, dispelling the myth that it is elitist.
Since then, he has become one of Britain’s foremost baritones, appearing both with the English National Opera and touring the world in a variety of roles and productions.
He is best known for comic roles, with his acting skills and clarity of diction as well-renowned as his singing.
An honorary degree is a major accolade, awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the University’s mission.
The official photographs and speeches delivered by the public orators at each ceremony are available to the media on request from the University's Press Office.