Staff at iconic Sheffield steel company receive honorary doctorate

Staff at the iconic steel company Sheffield Forgemasters have been awarded honorary doctorates from Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of their contribution to the region.

The team received their honours at the City Hall yesterday (Thursday 14 November) alongside students graduating from the University.

The University took the unusual step of awarding an honorary degree to all staff at the company in recognition of their contribution to the Sheffield City Region and for keeping Sheffield on the world map. 

Sheffield Forgemasters is one of the UK’s oldest steel manufacturers, operating for over 200 years and specialising in the production of large, bespoke, high integrity steel castings and forgings.

The company is now one of the largest employers in Sheffield and produces complex components for demanding applications such as civil nuclear, power generation, offshore, defence and steel processing.

David Bond, CEO at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “I am delighted to accept an honorary degree from Sheffield Hallam University on behalf of Sheffield Forgemasters in recognition of the company’s achievements.

“The company has evolved enormously over the years and we have developed a globally renowned in-house group of metallurgists and engineers operating within our research, technology and design facility and a company-wide skills set that is continually growing.”

Sir Paul Collier, professor of economics and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, also received an honorary doctorate this week.

He received his award alongside students graduating from Sheffield Business School on Tuesday (12 November).

The Sheffield-born academic’s work has focused on those left behind by global prosperity. His most recent work, focuses on Britain, and is about how to reverse the widening divergence between the regions and London.

Sir Paul said: “I am proud to be associated with Sheffield Hallam. My own work and values are completely aligned with its commitment to training the future generation, especially those from the Sheffield region.”

Also receiving an honorary doctorate this week was Baroness Shriti Vadera, Chairman of Santander UK. Baroness Vadera previously advised the G20 from 2009 to 2010 and advised governments, banks and investors on the Eurozone crisis, banking sector, debt restructuring and markets from 2010 to 2014.

She was also a Minister in the UK Government from 2007 to 2009, in the Cabinet Office, the Business Department and the International Development Department.

Baroness Vadera said: “Santander and Sheffield Hallam share an unwavering commitment to empowering students from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential both academically and as individuals. This is reflected in the hundreds of transformative opportunities in travel, employment and study that our partnership has created for students. I hope we can continue to work together to offer life changing opportunities to students for many years to come.”

Further honorary doctorates will be awarded to a number of high profile regional figures during the second week of graduation including the cast and crew of Doctor Who, the former controller of Radio One and an Olivier award-winning playwright.

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