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Doctor of Letters – Bath Spa University

Honorary Doctor of Letters


Peter Clegg awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters during Winter Graduation

Wednesday, 31 January, 2024

Last night, Tuesday 30 January, saw academics and students from Bath Spa University come together at the Forum in Bath to celebrate this year’s Winter Graduation. Students from the university’s London-based campus, which specialises in Business and Management, and Health and Social Care Management BA, BSc and MA courses, came to Bath to graduate for the first time. The event was also live-streamed and recorded for those who couldn’t make it.

Nadia Maddy, Programme Leader of Health and Social Care at Bath Spa University London, said:

“It’s a real honour to be part of the students’ celebration, marking the end of their journey as students at Bath Spa University London. For those who have taken the Integrated Foundation degree it’s the culmination of four years of hard work. All of our students are mature students who have been out of education for many years, many of them balancing full-time work and caring responsibilities. So, the fact Bath Spa University has developed a flexible degree programme, delivered online and in-person across two days a week, is a significant factor in people choosing to come and study with us. Needless to say, we were delighted to come to Bath for the ceremony and celebrate this huge success.”

Each year, the University confers honorary awards to individuals who have made a notable and sustained contribution to their academic fields or profession, to society, or to the University and this year’s event was no exception. Peter Clegg, co-founder of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Peter established Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Richard Feilden in 1978. Regarded as a pioneer in environmental design, he is active in research, design and architectural education and has authored various books on low energy design including The Environmental Handbook. Peter was one of the founding signatories of the UK Architects Declare which has now become a global movement with more than 5000 signatory practices worldwide.

Peter has led UK projects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, London’s Southbank Centre, Brighton Corn Exchange Theatre and the Leventis Gallery in Cyprus, and international projects include a new School of Engineering in Toronto and an Academy for the Aga Kahn Foundation in Bangladesh. He is also a trustee of the Feilden Foundation, founding trustee of Jamie’s Farm and has been involved with Forest of Imagination for many years.

Peter said:

“I’m delighted to receive this honorary degree from Bath Spa University. It is great to receive this recognition at a very special university, in my adopted city, which reflects a lifelong career in architecture and education."

All of the staff at Bath Spa University are able to propose potential recipients of honorary awards, with input from students, and nominees are approved by the University's Board of Governors.

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