Celebrating student success at GCU London

06 November 2013

GCU London students celebrated with fashion industry leaders at the University's winter graduation ceremony.

Richard Craig, Managing Director of Margaret Howell, and Michael Sharp, Chief Executive of Debenhams, were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards and conferred with Honorary Professorships in recognition of their contribution to the retail industry at the ceremony at Christ Church, Spitalfields, on Wednesday, November 6.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, conferred the degrees and awards at the second GCU London graduation of 2013.

Before joining contemporary British designer Margaret Howell in 1990, Professor Richard Craig worked with industry leaders including Alan Paine, Gucci and Loewe and is a non-executive director of Henry Poole Ltd and Ally Capellino, as well as being a special advisor to Mitsui and John Smedley Ltd.

Addressing the 71 students graduating, Professor Craig said: "GCU is changing the world of education and expanding its voice worldwide, including to New York. you have had a fantastic education here."

Professor Michael Sharp has been Chief Executive of Debenhams since 2011. His career in the fashion industry started in 1976 and he has worked for household names including Littlewoods and the Burton Group. He joined Debenhams in 1997 and has transformed it from a traditional UK department store to a multi-channel international brand operating in 29 countries. Debenhams celebrates its 200th anniversary in December.

Professor Sharp Advised graduates to "be passionate about your customers, the business you work for and the products you sell - because without passion, it is just another job."

GCU London is a postgraduate campus of Glasgow Caledonian University specialising in Banking and Finance, Risk Management, International Fashion Marketing, Luxury Brand Marketing, International Human Resource Management and Construction Management.