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University awards top honours to former lecturer

Release Date 08 December 2005

Former University of Reading economics lecturer and renowned academic Tony Corley will be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (DLit) at the University's graduation ceremonies on Saturday 10 December. Mr Corley worked as a Lecturer and as a Senior Lecturer in the University's Department of Economics between 1962 and 1988, when he retired. Now, at the age of 82, he continues to produce top research and makes an extraordinarily valuable contribution to academic life at Reading. He will join approximately 1,000 students at the University's Great Hall for the Degree Congregations, which are held for 'the official conferment of degrees and the presentation of diplomas and certificates for students that have recently completed their studies'. Six ceremonies take place throughout the day, and at the midday ceremony one University of Reading lecturer will receive a special award for teaching excellence – as nominated by students of the University. Mr Corley's work has been a significant factor in the growing research profile of business history. Since his retirement 17 years ago, he has produced almost 150 research papers on topics as wide-ranging as marketing, oil companies and Jane Austen's schooldays in Reading. During his time at Reading, he also actively supported the development of the Centre for International Business History. The time and energy he devoted to conferences, PhD students and visiting academics – as well as the stream of research publications – helped make the Centre one of the leading research centres in its field in the world. Prior to coming to Reading in 1962, Mr Corley worked at Queen's University, Belfast and the Department of Applied Economics at Cambridge. He worked at the Bank of England and the Central Bank of Iraq in Baghdad. He also saw active service during the Second World War. end Members of the media are welcome to attend the ceremonies, but must confirm attendance beforehand with Sue Rayner, Communications Manager. Tel: 0118 378 8005 E-mail:

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