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A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Professor Sir Graeme Davies

  • 6 March 2023 - 6 March 2023
  • 1.00pm
  • St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey

Please note, this event is not organised by HEPI but we are publicising it because Graeme chaired HEPI successfully until 2014.

On Monday 6th March 2023 at 1.00 pm, a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Professor Sir Graeme Davies FREng CEng FIMMM FRSNZ will be held in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.

Sir Graeme made a huge contribution to higher education during an illustrious career. Educated in his native New Zealand, he held – after a dynamic period at St Catharine’s College Cambridge and the Cambridge Engineering Department – major leadership roles at the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow, and London. He helped to shape the higher education system generally by heading funding councils, most influentially the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). 

Sir Graeme was also chair or trustee of many learned and charitable organisations, including HEPI, where his wisdom, drive and good humour were highly appreciated. He also made numerous contributions internationally providing strategic advice on policy and research development to institutions and governments in China, India, Seychelles, UAE and Brazil. A widely published metallurgist, he held professorships on four different continents, received a dozen honorary degrees – and was elected to Fellowships of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Admission to the Service is possible by clicking on ‘Reserve a spot’ on the Eventbrite site here: Choose from a category available, book the tickets you require and sign out.

A link to your ticket(s) will be sent to the email address you provide. Please print out and bring the ticket(s) with you or bring with you an image on your phone. Do note that the Abbey does not share data you leave with third parties.

A reception will follow at 2.00pm at the nearby Institution of Civil Engineers (1 Great George Street SW1P 3AA). Your Eventbrite ticket for the St Margaret’s service will be required for entry to the reception.

** Please note, the service will not be livestreamed or video recorded.

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