The Revd Dr Leslie Griffiths to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Roehampton

25 January 2023

The Revd Dr Leslie Griffiths, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Roehampton. He will receive the award at the graduation ceremony taking place at the Royal Festival Hall, London on the 27 January. Lord Griffiths is a past President of the Methodist Conference and will receive the honorary doctorate for his work as a former Chair of the governing body of Southlands College and a senior member of the Roehampton Institute of Education’s governing body.  

Leslie became Chair in 1997, shortly after Southlands moved to its present site on Roehampton Lane, and at a time when Roehampton was changing. Leslie’s hard work has enabled Roehampton to thrive since being granted independent university status in 2004. The University of Roehampton is formed of four colleges, of which Southlands is one, with Southlands having a Methodist foundation that continues the college's relationship with the Church.

Leslie commented, “To have been involved in the creation of a new university must surely rate as a great privilege. When that new university turns out to be an outstanding example of what ecumenism should be all about, it reaches even higher. And all that in London on a campus that’s the envy of all. What a blessing!”