Deputy Principal to be awarded honorary degree

Wednesday 11 June 2003

The University of St Andrews is to award its Master and Deputy Principal, Professor Colin Vincent, an honorary degree.

Professor Vincent will be made a Doctor of Laws (LLD) at this year’s summer Graduations (Wednesday 25th June 2003).

Professor Vincent, who retires later this year, is receiving the degree following thirty-six years of service to the University.

Announcing the honour, the University’s Principal and Vice- Chancellor, Dr Brian Lang, said:

“I am delighted that the University is honouring a colleague in this most appropriate manner. It is unusual for us to mark retirements with an honorary degree, but Colin Vincent has earned this symbol of the University’s respect in recognition of thirty-six years of service that culminated in a period as Acting Principal and then Deputy Principal. Professor Vincent is a distinguished electrochemist and a highly effective and sensitive university manager.”

Professor Colin Vincent, whose research area is electrochemistry with a specific interest in high energy batteries, attended Oban High School and Glasgow University where he was medallist in Chemistry and graduated with B.Sc., Ph.D. and later with D.Sc. Before coming to St Andrews, he held posts at Glasgow University and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Starting his St Andrews career on a one-year research fellowship in 1966, Professor Vincent climbed the ranks to become Head of School of Chemistry from 1990 until 1996.

He has been Master since 1996, except for the year 2000 when he was Vice Chancellor and Acting Principal. Professor Vincent is a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded the Galvani Medal in 1998 and this year was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to education.

Professor Vincent said: ” The news of my honorary degree came as a complete surprise. I am delighted and deeply grateful to the University for this high honour.”

Professor Vincent will be awarded his honorary degree at the morning graduation ceremony on Wednesday 25th June 2003 in Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews.



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