Lancaster University’s Honorary Fellowship

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E Smith presents an Honorary Fellowship to Mr Stephen Lamley.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E Smith presents an Honorary Fellowship to Mr Stephen Lamley.

An Honorary Fellowship has been awarded by Lancaster University to a man who has given ‘extraordinary’ service.

Mr Stephen Lamley received his award at an Honorary Fellowship Dinner hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E Smith.

This was the sixth dinner of its kind which sees the fellowship recipients join a small, illustrious group of 22 fellows. 

Mr Lamley served the university in an administrative capacity for 34 years, beginning in 1967, just three years after the university’s foundation. 

In earlier years, he served as a notably effective Undergraduate Admissions Officer, and he subsequently held a wide variety of posts culminating in heading the University administration as University Secretary in 1994. 

Since retiring, he has held numerous local educational appointments, including Chair of the Corporation Board of Blackpool and The Fylde College. 

He has been a Justice of the Peace (JP) since 2000 and for the last two years, has served as Chairman of the Lancaster Bench.

Alan Sandham, former assistant editor of the Lancaster Guardian, knew Mr Lamley well and both were appointed JPs on the same day and have served on the Bench together until his retirement year.

Mr Sandham said: “Mr Lamley proved a very effective secretary of Lancaster University and an equally effective Chairman of Lancaster Magistrates.

“His colleagues will be delighted he has been given this fitting recognition.”

Also receiving an Honorary Fellowship was the Hon Mrs Ruth Adorian, of Cumbria.

The Hon Mrs Ruth Adorian has, over many years, rendered exceptional service to the university and its surrounding region. She served as a valued member of University Council for nine years and, in that capacity, undertook a wide range of roles in many aspects of the University’s life, and was subsequently further appointed to the University Court.

Beyond the university, she has been active in many areas of public life and charity work, both locally and nationally. 

She has had a particular interest in healthcare, in which field she has been a successful fundraiser.

Honorary Fellowships are awarded to people who have given distinguished service to the university or its region, or to members of the wider university community.