July 22, 2016, by Liz Cass
A host of VIPs are honored by The University of Nottingham
An Olympic Gold medalist was among a list of distinguished guests who have been honoured by The University of Nottingham.
HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, hockey player Robert Clift and Alex Farquarson (Director of Tate Britain), were three of 13 special guests who received honorary degrees in the University’s summer graduation ceremonies.
The high profile guests joined thousands of successful candidates celebrating the triumphant culmination of their studies, when they formally received their degrees and became graduates of The University of Nottingham.
Rob played international hockey for 10 years winning over 150 caps for England and Great Britain. He won his first cap in 1982 while studying Economics at The University of Nottingham and became a regular member of the team that went on to win European and World Cup silver medals before finally topping the podium and collecting an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1988 Seoul Games.
He built on this success going on to be voted National Player of the Year in 1990 and captain the Great Britain team at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Following his retirement from playing hockey, Rob focused on a career in banking with HSBC and Barclays, holding a number of senior leadership roles in retail and corporate banking.
Three sporting alumni from The University of Nottingham have been selected to compete for Team GB at the Rio Olympics next month.
Nick Catlin, who graduated in History, Harry Martin, an Economics alumnus, and George Pinner, who graduated in Management Studies, have been successful in team selection.
They will be joined by former University of Nottingham hockey coach David Ames who led the team to success at British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) last year.
For further news on Nottingham students at Rio 2016 visit our Olympics website.