Sir Roger Bannister inspires Brookes graduates

Friday, 05 September 2014

Sir Roger and Lady Bannister graduation

Renowned neurologist and sporting hero Sir Roger Bannister told graduating Brookes students this week that they ‘have the power to change the world’.

Sir Roger was on campus this week to receive his Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes.

He joined students completing their studies from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in a ceremony on Wednesday (3 September).

Sir Roger addressed graduates, friends and families in a speech that brought laughter and tears in equal measure, including a humorous reference to the current ice bucket challenge craze.

In addressing graduates, Sir Roger offered the following advice: “In whatever you do in life, endeavour to be pioneers, to think innovatively, determined to advance the prospects for mankind, and be filled with hope, because a golden future lies in front of you.”

Neurology is an area that is very close to the heart of the Department of Sport and Health Sciences, where research and support for patients with neurological conditions is undertaken in our Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Unit

In whatever you do in life, endeavour to be pioneers, to think innovatively, determined to advance the prospects for mankind, and be filled with hope, because a golden future lies in front of you.

Sir Roger Bannister

Professor Janet Beer, Oxford Brookes Vice Chancellor, said: “Sir Roger's life and works have been informed by a spirit of determination and dedication, and I’m sure our graduates this week will look to his many great achievements as inspiration for their own futures.”

This graduation week has seen hundreds of happy Oxford Brookes students completing their studies with us, and celebrating their hard work and success.