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Honorary degree for former Liverpool Hope Rector & Chief Executive

Simon Lee Friday 22 January 2016

Liverpool Hope University will present its former Rector & Chief Executive Professor Simon Lee with an honorary degree at its Winter Graduation ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral on 26th January 2016.

Professor Lee was Rector & Chief Executive of Liverpool Hope University College from 1995-2003. During this time, he proposed the name ‘Hope’, the development of the Creative Campus at Everton, and the pioneering Network of Hope partnership.

He suggested ‘educating the whole person’ to sum up Liverpool Hope, adding ‘in mind, body and spirit.’

During his leadership, Liverpool Hope was awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool and a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the work of Hope One World, before becoming the first institution to secure degree-awarding powers and the ‘university college’ title under the stringent new process. Bishop David Sheppard wrote in his 2002 autobiography Steps Along Hope Street that Simon Lee ‘brought flair, imagination and a higher profile’ to Hope.

Professor Lee said of his honorary degree from Liverpool Hope: “We used to quote Cardinal Suenens, ‘To hope is not to dream but to turn dreams into reality’. I am so grateful for those who have been turning our dreams into reality from before, during and after my time here at Hope.”

Professor Lee was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Yale Law School, then a lecturer in law at Trinity College, Oxford, and at King’s College London. Simon became professor of jurisprudence at Queen’s University Belfast (1989-1995) at the age of 31 and was dean of the law faculty.  In 1995, he was awarded an emeritus professorship by Queen’s, an honorary professorship by the University of Liverpool and the Gresham professorship of law in London.   Twenty years later, he has returned to law as a research professor at the Open University.

After leaving Hope, Professor Lee became Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003.  He championed low fees and educational, cultural and sporting partnerships.  After founding a business creating such partnerships, he became Director of the Cambridge Theological Federation.  He is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Ian Vandewalle's citation for Professor Simon Lee 

Professor Simon Lee's Honorary Doctorate Response


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