Leading international health care academics to receive Honorary Degrees

Friday, 26 August 2016

Graduation

Two internationally acclaimed academic leaders in health care will receive Honorary Degrees from Oxford Brookes University as part of next week’s graduation ceremonies.

Professor Hester Klopper and Professor John Daly will be joining students completing their studies in ceremonies on Friday 2 September and Saturday 3 September. This comes as the University continues to celebrate 125 years of nurse education in Oxford throughout 2016 in partnership with local health trusts.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University said: “Honorary Graduates are always chosen very carefully. We consider how their particular strengths link with the work of the University and the conferment of the degree allows Brookes to acknowledge those whom we admire and respect. When graduating students hear an Honorary Graduate speak, they get an important reminder of what can be achieved. 

“Each of this year’s recipients is an exceptional role model for our students and staff and I am honoured to have such inspirational figures join us for some of the University’s most memorable moments.”

It is an honour to welcome two internationally leading health care academics to this year’s graduation ceremonies who will be an inspiration to all of our graduating nurses.

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing at Oxford Brookes said: “It has been an exciting year celebrating the training and education of health care professionals which has long been a cornerstone of life in Oxford. 
“It is an honour to welcome two internationally leading health care academics to this year’s graduation ceremonies who will be an inspiration to all of our graduating nurses.”

Hester Klopper is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Prior to this, she was the Chief Executive Officer at the Forum for University Deans of South Africa and the Immediate Past President of Sigma Theta Tau International – she was the first person outside of North America to be elected to the position. 

As a scholar, Hester’s research programme focuses on positive practice environments, patient safety and quality improvement. Her continued interest is global health and the role nurses play in policy influence and strengthening health systems. She holds two professor appointments – one with INSINQ, a research unit based at North-West University, South Africa and one at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Hester has been the supervisor of over 25 PhD students and over 45 master’s students. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications and presented her research and scholarly work at more than 100 international conferences. 

Professor John Daly is currently Dean, Faculty of Health and Professor of Nursing Head of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. 

Professor Daly has held many senior and prestigious positions in nursing over his career and has developed a number of innovative nursing programmes ensuring that nurses are well educated and prepared for the complexity of modern nursing practice. Professor Daly is also a prolific writer and skilled researcher into nursing practice and he makes an outstanding contribution to nursing worldwide. He is Secretary-General for the Global Health Network of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery and is Editor in Chief for the Journal of Nursing Management.