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University ‘punching well above its weight’ broadcaster Fiona tells graduates

University Chancellor Dr John Sentamu and Fiona Armstrong

‘Punching well above its weight’ – the words of broadcaster Fiona Armstrong describing the university which yesterday (Wednesday November 28) awarded her an honorary fellowship.

A familiar face on ITV Border as well as network BBC and ITN, she spoke passionately about the University of Cumbria’s aims and ambition watched by family, friends and students.

“The University of Cumbria may be a relatively new university, but it is already punching well above its weight,” Fiona said. “This place is gaining an international reputation for academic excellence.  For research and for student satisfaction.  And where a university thrives, so too does the community around it.  The students that come here bring an energy and a prosperity that buoys us all.”

Fiona has worked in journalism for over 40 years and in 2017 was recognised by the Royal Television Society for her outstanding contribution to television. She still works on ITV’s Border Life and in 2016 she was given the role of the Queen’s representative in Dumfries and Galloway.

University of Cumbria dean for student success Dr Signy Henderson read Dr Armstrong’s citation which included her lifelong and outstanding contribution to the media industry.

Former ITV Border presenter and honorary fellow John Myers looked on as the broadcaster urged graduates from the university to make the most of the skills learned at Cumbria.

Fiona said: “It’s what you worked for – but it’s more than a piece of paper. It’s a confidence and a confirmation of ability and skill. Go forward, take it with you – and take on the world!”

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