30 November 2015 16:40

Six prominent Lancaster graduates received alumni awards at the December and July graduation ceremonies.

Award-winning stand-up comedian and conductor Rainer Hersch

Rainer Hersch graduated from Lancaster University in 1985 with a degree in Economics. His career since graduating has encompassed management in the Arts, radio and television broadcasting, stand-up comedy and, latterly, a uniquely creative approach to musical education and awareness through comedy. Rainer has appeared on every major comedy stage in Britain (including 13 times at the Edinburgh Festival), and has performed in more than 30 countries.

High-flying civil servant Kathleen Reid

Having graduated in 1996 with a degree in Geography, Kathleen Reid is now Deputy Head of Office in the Department for International Development’s (DFID) mission in South Sudan. Her career with DFID has involved her in some of the most challenging and hostile environments in the world: Iraq, Afghanistan and now South Sudan. In 2012 she was awarded the Civilian Service Medal for her work to support the transition to democracy in Afghanistan. 

Popular children’s author Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart graduated from Lancaster University in 1977 with a degree in English. Since his first book came out in 1988, he has published more than thirty books as sole author, and over thirty more in his enormously successful collaborations with the illustrator Chris Riddell. He is probably best known for the internationally acclaimed series The Edge Chronicles, which has sold over three million copies and been translated into over thirty languages.

English cricketer Barbara Daniels

After graduating from Lancaster University in 1986 with a degree in English, Barbara Daniels spent 10 years working as an English teacher. Her passion, though, was for cricket. She represented England from 1993 to 2000, and was part of the World Cup-winning side of 1993. Her subsequent career has been in sport development, coaching and coach education for national governing bodies, and she has run her own consultancy for the last 15 years.

Leader in global health Professor Sarah Macfarlane

Professor Sarah Macfarlane graduated from Lancaster with a degree in Economics in 1968. Having worked for many years in the North West, Sarah is now a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and is a founding member of UCSF Global Health Sciences, an organisation dedicated to improving health and reducing disease in the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Writer Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan graduated from Lancaster University in 1988 with a degree in Philosophy and the Arts. His first novel, Hope, was published in 1997, and has been followed by nine further novels, including bestseller I, Lucifer, which was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Glen was also named one of Britain's 'twenty best young novelists' by the Times Literary Supplement in 2005.