Messages from Executive Board


Professor Julie Sanders

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

“Dear Class of 2020, this has been a year like no other for all of us. I am so very proud of how you have held yourselves and helped others through this time. You have achieved something amazing so please don’t forget that. I have every confidence that you will make a brilliant contribution in the future, whatever paths you choose to follow. We will be walking beside you every step of the way, proud of your achievements, proud of everything you have yet to give to the world. “


Professor Suzanne Cholerton

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Education

“My sincere congratulations to each and every one of you in the Class of 2020. The qualifications you’ve succeeded in gaining haven’t been easily won and on the occasion of your graduation I recognise and celebrate the academic endeavour, dedication and energy you’ve put into the attainment of your award. Be proud of your achievement – Be proud of being a Newcastle University graduate.”


Professor Brian Walker

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Strategy and Resources

‘’Many congratulations on graduating from Newcastle University. You were blessed with the talent and potential to win a place at one of the UK’s top universities, but converting that into a degree proves that you have learned the lessons and mindset that only a university education can bring. Use it well!’’



Professor Nigel Harkness

Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Class of 2020, as a university we are enormously proud of what you have achieved. Even though your graduation ceremony is not the traditional one you had been looking forward to, I hope it will be full of joy and happy memories for you. May I offer you all my warmest congratulations on your achievements and my very best wishes for your future success.”


Professor David Burn

Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences

“Dear Graduate, many congratulations on completing your studies in Newcastle and receiving your degree. None of us will forget this year; in that sense you are very special. Although your degree ceremony is virtual, your achievements are very real. I wish you every success in your future career. Do not be afraid to follow your dreams.”


Professor Phillip Wright

Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

“The world is in a very difficult place right now, with the awful pandemic causing much change, uncertainty and sadness in all our lives. The education, skills and friendships you've gained at Newcastle University will allow you to address challenges such as this head-on. Congratulations on your graduation - I'm sure you'll go out into the world well prepared to make a real difference.”


Mrs Adrienne McFarland

Executive Director of People Services

“Dear Graduates of 2020, warmest congratulations in attaining your well-earned and deserved degrees. Achieving this wonderful accolade is a very special moment in your lives. Although this is still a time of great uncertainty, the like of which we have never seen before, we know our graduates will be ready to embrace the next exciting chapter following your time at Newcastle University. We wish you every joy and success for the future.”