Among hundreds of students receiving their degrees at St George’s graduation ceremony 2018 in central London were three recipients of honorary awards from the University.

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Lee Lockhart-Mure, a former receptionist at the University; distinguished neurologist Pauline Monro; and science communicator Vivienne Parry received their awards from Principal Professor Jenny Higham.

The awards recognise a significant contribution made by individuals in the advancement of science and healthcare or academia, who represent St George’s values and spirit. Professor Jenny Higham said: “I am delighted to be able to confer these awards today. Our honorees have demonstrated considerable impact in their different fields and all embody the spirit of St George’s with their commitment and engagement in their respective professions.”

Honorary degrees and fellowships were awarded to the following:

Pauline Monro, MBE – Honorary Fellowship

SGUL Graduation2018 2Dr Pauline Monro is a distinguished neurologist who was appointed a consultant to Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, London, now St George’s Hospital, in 1970 – the first woman to be appointed to the consultant staff of the hospital. While there she created one of the best Neurosciences Centres in the UK and developed an integrated neurology course for the medical students of St George’s University. Retiring from the NHS in 1993 she went on a trip to St Petersburg in 1988 with the Association of British Neurologists, and realised the effect on patient care of 70 years’ isolation from the West. She became passionately involved in helping the neurological services in that city, introducing current concepts of multidisciplinary team care, evidence-based medicine and rehabilitation. She did this by way of two-way training exchanges of clinical and teaching staff, and by translation of publication of key medical texts. She became fluent in Russian and continues to organize and participate these exchanges. Her Honorary Fellowship from St George’s recognises Pauline’s distinguished career which blazed a trail for women in neurology.


Vivienne Parry OBE – Honorary Doctor of Science

SGUL Graduation2018 1Vivienne Parry is a writer and broadcaster known to many for her science programmes on Radio 4, which include Inside the Ethics Committee and Am I Normal. Vivienne is a scientist by training and writes widely on health issues in the science and mainstream media. Her book, The Truth about Hormones, was shortlisted for the 2006 Aventis Science Prize and until 2015 she was Vice Chair of Council of UCL. As well as facilitating many high-level conferences and debates, she trains young researchers in the Crucible Network of research programmes. She is head of engagement at Genomics England, which is delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project. She also sits on the board of UK Research and Innovation, and is Chair of the Cheltenham Science Festival. Her honorary doctorate from St George’s recognises her impact as a science communicator, as a role model in public engagement, and as an advocate for gender equality in academia and healthcare.


Lee Lockhart-Mure – Honorary Fellowship

SGUL Graduation2018 3Lee Lockhart-Mure was the face of St George’s for nine years for thousands of students, staff and visitors. Coming to the University after working as a theatre practitioner in the Hospital, Lee was a stalwart figure at Reception with his warm welcome and ‘above and beyond’ approach to all enquiries. His knowledge of the history of St George’s was impressive and he could always answer any enquiry.

While Lee welcomed many VIPs to the university, for him the students were what made his job so special. He said: “We are blessed with having such a diverse group of staff and students from so many different backgrounds, cultures and religions. This greatly adds to the experience that is George’s”. Following students’ careers was a delight for him, greeting them on their initial arrival and witnessing their subsequent exam days and graduations, and on his departure Lee received an overwhelming response from the student body on social media. Lee’s Honorary Fellowship recognises his contribution to the university in this role.


Dr David Melville - Special Award for exceptional service

SGUL Graduation2018 4Also receiving a special award for exceptional service was Dr David Melville, a consultant at St George’s who has provided popular teaching sessions for the medical students throughout his career. Students said of him: "He is an outstanding teacher and clinician who demonstrates how entering medicine and surgery is a great responsibility and a privilege".