PUBLISHED: 13:23 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:50 09 August 2018 Amy Gibbons Michael Heathcote with his daughter during the special graduation ceremony Picture: EDE AND RAVENSCROFT EDE AND RAVENSCROFT A staff member at Suffolk New College has scored the best marks out of everyone in the world in an international exam. Michael Heathcote, a former army bombardier, took his place on the world stage when he tackled the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) certificate in Environmental Management in April 2017.The health safety and wellbeing advisor at Suffolk New College said it was “quite the surprise” when he received a letter earlier this year to say he was the best on the planet.To celebrate his achievement, Mr Heathcote was invited to a graduation ceremony that took place at the University of Warwick at the end of June.The father of one said he especially appreciated being able to share the success with his … [Read more...] about Stowmarket man on top of the world after scoring highest exam mark on the planet
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Vicky Phelan, broke down in tears as she revealed she plans to fund a person to be employed in a cancer care centre to provide patients with access to the latest ground-breaking drug therapies.Ms Phelan says she is personally willing to fund such position to “shame” the Government into following her lead and provide for similar positions on a nationwide scale.“One of the things I want to see happening is that I would hope to try to fund a position, and that one position would lead to another, so I'm willing to do that. I think that if I got the ball rolling, it would be a goodwill gesture on my part, to again shame (the government) into doing it,” Ms Phelan told reporters at the University of Limerick (UL) where she was awarded an Honourary Doctorate.Ms Phelan, a university alumna and former employee, was joined at the ceremony by her husband Jim, her children Amelia and Darragh, and her parents John and Gaby Kelly as well as a large group of family, friends and … [Read more...] about ‘I’m flying it’
Magid Magid was in his local Sainsbury’s recently when a shopper asked him to pose for a picture by squatting. The 28-year-old cheerfully obliged, crouching on the supermarket floor “with a loaf of bread in my hand”. Today, our photoshoot takes for ever, because as soon as we leave the town hall he keeps being stopped in the street. But his fame extends far beyond his home town of Sheffield. A Jordanian friend told him his mum had seen him on the news in Amman. “I’m like: ‘What the heck?’ I didn’t expect this much attention,” he says. Magid has become a global celebrity since being elected lord mayor of Sheffield in May. His elevation was reported as good news all over the planet and when we meet in his office – the lord mayor’s parlour, to be precise – he can’t stop smiling. But, in fact, his appointment was not celebrated with universally excited fandom at first. “You’re a disgrace to this … [Read more...] about Magid Magid, Sheffield’s lord mayor: ‘I’ve had a lot of stick, but I don’t care’
Thespian Sir Nigel Hawthorne had arrived in true dramatic style, amid a thunderstorm. The year was 1999 and the legendary stage and screen actor – best known for Yes Prime Minister – was about to pick up an honorary degree from Keele University . “At least you know what you are getting when you come here, which you don’t with the other awards,” he told me. “When I was at the Oscars the year Tom Hanks won for Forest Gump, there were cameras virtually up my nostrils as they said, ‘and the winner is...’.” The cameras kept a more respectable distance as The Madness of King George star strode up to collect his ‘doctor of letters’ from Keele. Honorary degrees – first awarded by Oxford as far back as the 15th century – have now become a staple of graduation ceremonies. They are a bit like the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. The most fitting recipients are those who have really made a difference in the local … [Read more...] about Should celebrities be awarded honorary degrees?
My Google alert for Sheffield rocketed in May. Mentions in the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, the independent and countless other media outlets, Channel 4, Sky, BBC and ITN, radio stations galore and that’s not withstanding the local alerts. From the middle of May onwards something strange happened, the national and international media beat a path to our fair city. By attempting to engage rather than censure, our new lord mayor is continuing the history of a city that has always enabled its citizens and its press the freedom to publish Mind you the last few months had been quite high on the Google clapometer with the tree situation apparently the only noticeable story that the nation’s press seemingly find interesting as if Sheffield was the only city in the UK cutting down its trees. Now we find out that we are not even top of that sorry pile with Newcastle being the worst offender if the report in the Sunday Times is true. Even … [Read more...] about Northern Lights: Everyone is talking about Sheffield as Magic lord mayor shares his story