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Staff and Senior Fellows honoured at Foundation Day Service

Foundation Day 2015 Monday 25 January 2016

The University community gathered to celebrate the institution’s ecumenical constitution at the annual Foundation Day Service.

Held in Hope Chapel, the service honours the University’s commitment to social justice and mission to educate the mind, body and spirit in the quest for truth, beauty and goodness.

The youngest student studying at the University is invited to open the service by asking to hear the story of Hope.

Psychology student Lucia Munoz Cabrera lit the Hope Unity Candle, as Canon Michael Wolfe proceeded to tell the origins of the University.

This year’s ceremony welcomed Hillsborough campaigners Margaret Aspinall CBE and Trevor Hicks CBE, who were made Senior Fellows of the University.

Professor Simon Lee, former Rector and Chief Executive at Hope, was also recognised, and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. 

Graphic Designers Ray Burns and Steve Pugh were awarded the Tony Grayson Scholarship in recognition of the significant contribution they have made to the life of the University.

The award recognises long-standing commitment and hard work, which marks the recipients as role model for others.

Gateway Administrative Assistant Liz Mitchum was also honoured at the ceremony, receiving the inaugural Sr Eileen Kelleher Award. 

Download Professor Lee's Homily.

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