The University of St Andrews honoured three distinguished individuals during the December 2019 graduation ceremonies.
Tuesday 3 December – afternoon
To be awarded Doctor of Medicine
Dame Sally Davies is the 40th Master of Trinity College having joined the College after a distinguished career as a clinical academic and public servant. Dame Sally graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1972 and became a Consultant Haematologist specialising in sickle cell disease. She was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health from 2004 to 2016 and Chief Medical Officer for England from 2010 to 2019. In 2013 she established and became a Non-Executive Director of Genomics England Ltd (GEL) which sequenced 100,000 whole genomes of NHS patients.
Wednesday 4 December – morning
To be awarded Master of Arts
Liria de la Cruz Hernández was born in Madrid in 1969, into a Gitano (Spanish Roma) family. She left school aged 11, and for most of her life earned her living as a street vendor. Yet de la Cruz is the co-author of an academic monograph (in press with Palgrave Macmillan), and articles in international refereed journals within the field of social anthropology. De la Cruz’s work deals with issues of collaborative research methodology, Roma gender relations, Roma customary law and its impact on the status of women, and Roma women’s rights.
Wednesday 4 December – afternoon
To be awarded Doctor of Laws
Diana Nammi has dedicated her life to campaigning for universal human rights. She spent 12 years on the frontline as a Peshmerga (Kurdish freedom fighter) however her activism in Kurdistan, Iran and neighbouring countries resulted in her facing persecution, which forced her to flee. She now lives in the UK and in 2002 she founded the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO). IKWRO is an NGO providing advice, advocacy, training and counselling to women and girls from Middle Eastern and North African communities.
Photo credit: Andrew Parsons