Professor Fay Weldon – Bath Spa University

Professor Fay Weldon awarded Emeritus status ahead of retirement from Bath Spa University

Friday, 26 February, 2021

Bath Spa University has awarded Emeritus status to Professor Fay Weldon, who will retire this February, after spending nine years teaching creative writing at the higher education establishment.

Professor Weldon will retain her connection with the University and has been awarded the prestigious status of Emeritus Professor in recognition of her dedication to the institution.

The acclaimed English author, essayist and playwright received an Honorary Degree from Bath Spa University in 1999, and was appointed its Professor of Creative Writing in 2012, where she shared an office with English novelist Professor Maggie Gee.

Prior to joining the University, in 2001 Professor Weldon received a CBE for her services to literature. Her work includes over thirty novels, seven collections of short stories, several children's books, non-fiction books, magazine articles and a number of plays written for television, radio and the stage, including the pilot episode for the television series Upstairs, Downstairs.

As a respected writer in the media sphere, Professor Weldon has also written for The Times, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday and The New Statesman.

Professor Fay Weldon said: “It has been a complete pleasure to work at Bath Spa University. I hope very much that I have made a difference, however small, to its working. I have really enjoyed the company of staff, admin and students, and am very happy to know that I can continue the association.”

Bath Spa University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sue Rigby, added:

“In honour of her commitment to the University, we are delighted to have awarded Fay Emeritus Professor status and we are thrilled that her long-standing relationship with us will continue in this capacity.”

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