Press Release

09 February 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University has conferred Honorary Fellowships upon two high profile figures in Kent and Medway life.

Richard Sturt at the ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral
Richard Sturt at the ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral

Richard Sturt OBE, solicitor and a former Kent Coroner, and Roddy Loder-Symonds, retired chartered surveyor and a Vice President of Canterbury Festival, are both former University Governors and received the Fellowships at the University’s recent Graduation Ceremony.

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Robin Baker CMG, said: “This University benefits enormously from the leadership and support of its Governing Body. Both Roddy Loder-Symonds and Richard Sturt made a remarkable contribution to the development of Christ Church for a decade or more. These Honorary Fellowships recognise their outstanding achievements both at the University and their wider contribution to life in Kent and Medway.”

Whilst the Coroner for Kent, Richard Sturt conducted the inquests following the capsizing of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise and the IRA bombing at the Royal Marine Barracks in Deal in 1989. 

In accepting the Fellowship, Mr Sturt said: "I am delighted to receive an Honorary Fellowship from Canterbury Christ Church University. It provides an excellent education for all its students and it is a great privilege for me to continue to be associated with the University in this way."

Roddy Loder-Symonds at the ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral
Roddy Loder-Symonds at the ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral

Roddy Loder-Symonds was a Governor at Christ Church between 1998 and 2010. He is now, amongst other roles, a Vice President of Canterbury Festival, which is sponsored by Canterbury Christ Church University.

Mr Loder-Symonds said: "I am deeply honoured to be offered an Honorary Fellowship by Christ Church. The last decade has seen very exciting times for the University, and I am very proud to have experienced part of its journey of development and expansion.

“The University should be congratulated for its professional approach to its development, well supported by academic and professional service staff, through leadership and creativity."






Notes to Editor

Richard Sturt

Richard Sturt was a Governor of the University for almost 10 years, between 2001 and 2010. 

From 1997-2010 he was the Registrar of Canterbury Diocese.  He has held board positions in the Civil Aviation Authority, National Air Traffic Services, Invicta Radio, the Consumer Council for Water, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, Canterbury Festival, the King’s School Canterbury, Northbourne Park School, and St John Ambulance for Kent.

Roddy Loder-Symonds

In 1973, he became a partner of Strutt & Parker responsible for the operation in Kent before retiring in 1999.  From 1970, he developed a successful family farming business in Womenswold. His other positions include: Board member of East Kent Enterprise Agency 1990-2000; High Sheriff of Kent 2000-2001; Trustee of KCA (UK) 2000-2009; Trustee Huggens College Northfleet; Chairman Canterbury Farmers’ Club 1982 and Chairman Kent Branch of the Country Landowners and Business Association in 1985.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.
  • We are the proud five-year Partner and Principal Sponsor of Canterbury Festival.



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