Chancellor Melvyn Bragg to officially reopen Edward Boyle Library on 13 July

Following its impressive refurbishment, the Edward Boyle Library will be officially re-opened by Melvyn Bragg, the University’s Chancellor, on 13 July.


The Edward Boyle Library now boasts over 2,000 study spaces, accessible student rooms, a café and wonderful views across campus. And Level 13 of the Library offers both individual and collaborative spaces within the postgraduate Research Hub which is home to the Library’s Research Support and Data Management Teams. The Library houses the main collections for Science, Engineering and Social Science.

Aside from a degree ceremony the following morning, the event will be Lord Bragg’s final formal engagement as Chancellor; he is stepping down on 31 July, after 17 years.

Earlier in the day, Lord Bragg will preside over two degree ceremonies, at which he will confer honorary degrees upon several of this year’s recipients. The complete list of this year’s honorary graduands is:  

  • Malcolm Brown, founder and current Performance Director of the Leeds Triathlon Centre
  • Anne Chamberlain, driving force for rehabilitation medicine
  • Grace Clough, Gold Paralympic rower
  • Barry Cryer, one of Britain’s longest serving and best loved comedy writers
  • Karen Darke, Gold Paralympic hand-cyclist
  • Richard Farnes, world class conductor and former Opera North Music Director
  • John Hardy, world-leading researcher in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Colin Low, founder member of the Disability Rights Commission
  • Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa
  • Helen Rappaport, successful author of historical works
  • Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal
  • Andrew Shovlin, Chief Race Engineer for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team
  • Paul Workman, Chief Executive and President of The Institute of Cancer Research

More information about this year’s honorary degrees is available on For Staff.

The University’s next Chancellor will be appointed by the Court on the recommendation of the Council, and will be announced in due course.

Further information:

To book one of the Edward Boyle Library bookable spaces, visit the Library website

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