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Top chef, Lord Lieutenant and leading nurse receive honorary
degrees from Queen Margaret University

Edinburgh, July 2011: The UK’s most influential chef, a former chief Scout and a leading nursing figure credited with shifting the focus of nursing to patient centred care will receive honorary degrees from Queen Margaret University (QMU) at its 2011 summer graduation ceremony, reflecting the university’s commitment to teaching and research that is relevant to today’s society. This will be the first graduation event that will recognise the achievements of students who have completed an entire honours degree at the 135 year old institution’s new green university campus at Craighall.

On Thursday 7 July 2011, at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, QMU’s founding chancellor, Sir Tom Farmer, will confer honorary doctorates on the influential chef Albert Roux, OBE and Legion d’Honneur, who revolutionised British cooking in the 1960’s; Sir Garth Morrison, KT, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for East Lothian and former Chief Scout; and Professor Alison Tierney CBE, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and internationally recognised researcher and educationalist for nursing.

QMU Principal Professor Petra Wend said; “Honorary doctorates are the highest honour the University can bestow and today we recognise the unique contribution of three distinguished individuals who have addressed society’s needs. There is no doubt that Sir Garth Morrison, Professor Tierney and Albert Roux have enhanced the lives of others at home and abroad, and have left their mark by sharing our guiding values of inter-professional education, inter-disciplinary work, industry relevance and internationality.”

The three Michelin star chef, businessman, food consultant, publisher and mentor Albert Roux was born in Charolles, France, in 1935, the son of a pork breeder. As a young teenager he turned his back on a career in the church to take up an apprenticeship as a pastry chef in Paris, and at eighteen he arrived in England to further his career in Lady Nancy Astor’s kitchens at Cliveden.

In 1967, along with his brother Michel, Roux opened Le Gavroche in London’s Mayfair with a single aim to achieve a worldwide recognition for the quality of their food and service. Fifteen years later Le Gavroche became the first restaurant in the UK to achieve three stars in food bible the Michelin Guide, and the Roux brothers went on to make history when they also achieved three stars for the Waterside Inn, part of their burgeoning food business.

M. Roux has trained many of today’s top chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann, Marcus Wareing and, specifically in Scotland - Martin Wishart, Andrew Fairlie, Brian Maule and Derek Johnstone. He is passionate about Scotland and has most recently established three restaurants at Inver Lodge in Lochinver, Rocpool Reserve in Inverness and at Greywalls in Gullane, East Lothian.

Throughout his career Albert Roux has received numerous awards. He was the youngest ever chef to be elected into the elite Maitre Cuisinier de France and he was decorated with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2005. In 2002, he was awarded an OBE.

Sir Garth Morrison KT CBE has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa in recognition of 50 years of public and voluntary service to the community, young people and health.

Born in 1943 into an East Lothian farming family, Garth Morrison was educated at Pangbourne and Pembroke Colleges in Cambridge, where he studied Engineering, and served for twelve years in the Royal Navy.

After taking over the family farm in 1973 he joined the Scout movement by becoming the Area Commissioner for East Lothian which led to a role as Chief Commissioner for Scotland, then Chief Scout for the UK, as well as being a Member of the World Scout Committee. He presided over the decision to allow girls to become scouts and helped UK Scouts to play a major role in supporting the re-emergence of Scouting in former communist countries. He is still Vice-President of The Scout Association and Honorary President of The Scottish Council.

Working with young people led to an appointment to the Children’s Panel - East & Midlothian, followed by membership of the Prince’s Trust - Lothian & Borders Committee. In 1984 Garth was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian in recognition of his services to the local community.

In 1994, he was appointed CBE and also became Chairman of the East & Midlothian NHS Trust, a position he held until 1997, when he became Chairman of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS Trust. It was at this time that the project to rebuild the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary began to take shape with Garth heavily involved in steering the project through the complexities of local and national politics, emerging health policies and limited finances. In 1999 he was appointed Chairman of Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust, a post he held for five years.

Meanwhile, his community service developed in other sectors - he was a member of the National Lottery Charities Board, serving as Chairman of the Scotland committee for two years and he was also an Independent Adviser on Public Appointments. He was a member of the Scottish Community Education Council from 1988, being made an honorary fellow in 1995. He is Vice-President of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, as well as trustee and Chairman of the MacRobert Trust and the Lamp of Lothian Trust.

He was also President, 2001-2004 of the Scottish Landowners’ Federation and topped off his farming career last year with his Presidency of the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland in 2010.

Professor Alison Tierney, CBE has contributed significantly to the enhancement of nursing education and practice in a career spanning four decades. Her contributions include: publishing gold standard nursing textbooks; shifting the emphasis of nursing education and practice to focus on the needs of the patient; and establishing the scientific credentials for nursing research.

After graduating in nursing 1971 from the University of Edinburgh she worked first as a staff nurse in Edinburgh and London before returning to a clinical lectureship post in Edinburgh where she gained her PhD in 1976. At this time she was only the 6th nurse in the UK to have completed a PhD in a university nursing department.

In these early years she worked collaboratively with Nancy Roper and Win Logan to publish The Elements of Nursing in 1980. At this time, nursing still adhered to the medical model and patient care was task-oriented and rather depersonalised, whereas the’ RLT model’ as it became known, provided a framework for nursing practice that was patient-centred and focused on the needs and abilities of individual patients and their families. This textbook not only saw four published editions but was also translated into over 13 different languages.

In addition to this, and three other highly influential textbooks, Alison has written over 80 articles, reports and book chapters.

From 1984 to 1994 Alison was Director of the Nursing Research Unit at the University of Edinburgh and was honoured in 1995 by the award of a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing. She was elevated to a personal chair in Nursing Research in 1997 and from 1998 to 2002 she was Head of the Department of Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

In 2002, Alison became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advanced Nursing - the top ranking international nursing research journal. Also, in 2002, she was awarded a CBE for services to nursing research and education. In the same year she moved to the post of Professor and Head of Clinical Nursing at the University of Adelaide.

As well as conducting her own research Alison has been a tireless advocate for the continual development of nursing research. She is a life-long member of the Research Society of the Royal College of Nursing and has acted as an Expert Adviser on Nursing Research to the International Council of Nurses. In 2002-03 she chaired a national review of nursing research in Finland and, in 2006, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Turku in Finland. Professor Tierney will retire this year, and is honoured her for her long and distinguished services to nursing research, education and practice.


For more information, please contact Maggie Wright on 07801 710360

Notes for editors

From its very inception, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, has focused on providing relevant education and research, addressing real-life issues to enhance the social and economic well-being of all the communities we serve. We have expertise in health; media; communication; performing arts; social sciences; and business, management and enterprise. As a small university, we aim to offer a community environment to our students in which they can fulfil their potential and where they need never feel lost in the crowd. A commitment to social, ecological and economic sustainability underpins all our work.

We have flagship areas of expertise in: Health and Rehabilitation, Creativity and Culture, and Sustainable Business.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is a registered charity: Scottish Charity Number SC002750.

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