Solihull graduate at UK’s first college of advanced technology awarded degree - 60 years later - The Solihull Observer

Solihull graduate at UK’s first college of advanced technology awarded degree - 60 years later

Solihull Editorial 29th Jul, 2023   0

A FORMER student of Birmingham College of Advanced Technology has been awarded a degree over 60 years after completing his studies.

Peter Sheward completed an HNC in engineering in 1959 and received an ad eundem degree from Aston University in recognition of his achievement alongside other graduates at a ceremony at Eastside Rooms in Birmingham.

An ad eundem degree is an academic degree awarded by one university or college to an alumnus of another.

The Solihull resident completed his National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Higher Grade) at the College of Advanced Technology, which was awarded jointly by the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Ministry of Education, together with a further certificate of supplementary study in thermodynamics.

He was awarded a Diploma in Electrical Engineering by the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1961.

The 85-year-old studies were part of his General Electric Company (GEC) apprenticeship.




He was named GEC Student Apprentice of the Year in 1960, winning a £5 prize.

After GEC, he worked at Lucas on the first range of car alternators. He later joined the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), which became National Grid. Peter retired in 1994.


Kerrie Holland, executive director of Alumni Relations and Development at Aston University, said: “Peter Sheward successfully completed his studies in 1959, seven years before Aston University received its Royal Charter and degree-awarding powers.

“His programme of study is eligible to be converted into a degree, and the University Senate approved the award of a degree ad eundem to this candidate earlier this year.

“I am delighted that, after 64 years, he has been presented with the award of a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. It was a very special moment to see Peter receive his degree and the occasion was also an important reminder of the University’s history and DNA.”

Aston University evolved from the Birmingham College of Advanced Technology – the UK’s first college of technology established in 1956 – when it received its Royal Charter in 1966.

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