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New Fellows honoured at Royal Holloway

Posted on 20/05/2011

Five new Honorary Fellows have been appointed at this year’s award ceremony at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Honorary Fellowships are awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the life and work of the College.

Preston Bryant Jr, Janice Hadlow, The Lady Heseltine, Professor Fred Piper and Professor Jim Rose all became Honorary Fellows at the special ceremony on Thursday 19 May.

Mr Bryant was awarded an MA in English Literary Studies from Royal Holloway in 1990. He is founding member and President of the American Foundation of Royal Holloway and Bedford College. Mr Bryant is Senior Vice-President for Economic and Infrastructure Development at McGuire Woods Consulting, where he advises on a wide range of issues including water and wastewater facilities, conventional and renewable energy, and commercial and industrial development. 

As a Royal Holloway alumna, Janice Hadlow retained links with the Department of Media Arts and officially opened the department in its revamped venue in 2005. She has been controller of BBC 2 since 2008 and was controller of BBC 4 from 2004-2008 where successes included ‘Lost Decade’, ‘Inside the Medieval Mind’, and ‘The Chatterley Affair’.

Lady Heseltine is a Bedford College BA French and German alumna and was one of the original patrons of the Annual Fund in the 1990s. She is an art historian, having taken courses at the Courtauld and Christie’s.  In 1990 she became a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum, raising the funds to build the American Air Museum, and she has been a Trustee of the National Gallery since 2008.

Professor Piper is an internationally recognised authority on cryptography and information security. He is Director of the Royal Holloway Information Security Group that was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1998. He introduced the world’s first ever MSc in Information Security in 1992, which after an initial class of 10 has seen more than 1,500 graduates of this degree worldwide.

Professor Rose joined Royal Holloway in 1989 as Head of the Department of Geography. Under his leadership the Department became one of the top Geography Departments in the UK with a worldwide reputation. Within his field of research, Professor Rose has contributed to our understanding of how glaciers and rivers shape the landscape and how the landscape has changed over recent geological time.

Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, said: “It is particularly befitting that in the year when we are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the merger of Royal Holloway and Bedford Colleges as well as the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal Holloway College, Honorary Fellowships are awarded to those who have enjoyed a long relationship with Royal Holloway be it as alumni or staff.

“The College greatly values its honorary members and their contribution to the life of the institution and hopes that those accepting the honours this year find fulfilment for many years to come in their association with Royal Holloway."


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