Published: 7 December 2015

Andrea Spyropoulos awarded honorary degree

Andrea Spyropoulos

Former President of the Royal College of Nursing, Andrea Spyropoulos, will be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Liverpool today.

Andrea Spyropoulos is a nurse midwife with more than 40 years’ experience in the NHS and private sector. A past President of the Royal College of Nursing, she is now a project manager at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, working on the new ‘Hospital in the Park’ project.

Andrea is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International in the Nurse Leadership category and President of the Liverpool and Greater Knowsley Branch of the RCN.

She receives her degree in a week that also sees Marina Dalglish and Professor Dame Athene Donald honoured for their services to health and the local community.

Marina is the founder of the Marina Dalglish Appeal, which aims to make a difference to cancer care on Merseyside. After her recovery from breast cancer, Marina raised more than £8 million for various appeals, including the Marina Dalglish Centre for Oncology at Aintree University Hospital; the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology at Aintree University Hospital; and the Southport Centre for Oncology.

Professor Dame Athene Donald is a physicist and was Director of the University of Cambridge’s Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) and a Gender Equality Champion. Her research field focuses on biological physics, including polymers, biopolymers and, most recently, cellular biophysics.

She currently sits on the Scientific Council of the European Research Council and has received a number of awards for her work, including the Mott Medal and Faraday Medal prizes by the Institute of Physics. She was awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for Europe and appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire for Services to Physics in 2010.

They will graduate alongside University of Liverpool students on Monday, 7 December and Tuesday, 8 December 2015 at the Philharmonic Hall.

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