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UCA announces Honorary Degree recipients ahead of Graduation 2018

We are delighted to announce that renowned fashion critic and journalist Sarah Mower MBE, and esteemed architect Kate Macintosh MBE, will receive Honorary Degrees during the University’s graduation ceremonies, held at London’s Royal Festival Hall this month.

Chief critic of Vogue Runway Sarah Mower MBE will receive an Honorary Master of Arts in recognition of her contribution to the field of fashion and her advocacy for fashion education.

Throughout her career, Sarah has written for numerous publications including Harper’s Bazaar and The Times. She has worked as fashion editor for The Guardian, is a published author, and has held positions with the British Fashion Council which promote and champion education and emerging talent. In 2011, Sarah was awarded an MBE for her influential contributions.

Architect Kate Macintosh MBE has a long and distinguished design history, and will receive an Honorary Master of Arts in recognition of her career achievements. Known for designing Dawson’s Heights in Southwark and the Grade II listed building 269 Leigham Court Road in Lambeth, the award-winning architect has designed buildings for the fire service, social services and education.

In 2005, Kate received a RIBA prize for her work on the adventure playground and play hall for the charity Weston Adventure Playground, and she has also been awarded an MBE in acknowledgement of her architectural contributions.

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, said: “Graduation is an incredibly proud moment for the University, our students and their families. It is a time to celebrate the hard work, achievements and dedication of our students, and to remind ourselves that a creative education is a powerful tool that drives innovation and change.

“I am delighted to award these two Honorary Master of Arts degrees and would like to thank both Sarah and Kate for the significant contributions they have made to their fields, for their pioneering work, and for the inspiration they give to the next generation of creative professionals.”

This year’s Graduation will begin with the transferring of the University’s Chancellorship from global fashion icon Dame Zandra Rhodes to critically-acclaimed ceramicist Professor Magdalene Odundo, both of whom are UCA alumni.

UCA’s Graduation ceremonies take place on 25 and 26 June and are a highlight in the University’s calendar, with more than 1,800 students being awarded their degrees over the course of the three ceremonies.

Image one: Sarah Mower

Image two: Kate Macintosh


Sarah Mower

Kate Macintosh