Trevor Griffiths’ Associate Director Innovation and Projects, Head of Photography at Bradford College has received an Honorary Professorship from Whistling Woods International (WWI), Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institution. The award and a place on their prestigious Advisory Board is in support of his ongoing commitment to the partnership between the two pioneering institutions.
An Honorary Professorship is an honour an institution can bestow on an individual to recognise their outstanding service or support.
In a live Skype video ceremony direct from Mumbai, Whistling Woods International President, Meghna Puri bestowed the honour in recognition of Mr Griffiths’ distinguished contributions to the innovative partnership.
The partnership, supported by the British Council and the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), has created new learning and career development opportunities for students from both institutions. Improving students’ technical ability and future employment prospects, whist gaining access to unique skills, facilities and programmes offered by their partner.
Speaking from Mumbai during the official ceremony, President, Meghna Puri said: “Whistling Woods International would like to officially invite you to become an Honorary Professors and have a place on our prestigious Advisory Board, which we hope you will accept. This following your valuable contributions to the partnership, which goes from strength to strength!”
In response, Trevor Griffiths said: “I feel humbled and honoured to be awarded an Honorary Professorship from Whistling Woods – and it is a great privilege to accept.”
Dressed in academic gown, Trevor Griffiths stepped up to receive his Honorary Professorship from Bradford College Principal, Michele Sutton, OBE, presented on behalf of WWI during the live video ceremony.
Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality, Kath Oldale, Dean of HE, David Smith and Photography Course Leader, Suzanne Griffiths watched with pride as Trevor Griffiths accepted the Professorship during the official proceedings.
President, Meghna Puri added: “It is such an honour for Whistling Woods to have you onboard – thank you very much for accepting.”
Wife and Photography Course Leader, Suzanne Griffiths speaking after the ceremony said: “I’m really proud of Trevor’s achievements. It is well deserved and I think it is a brilliant honour.”
Under the exciting partnership, led by Trevor Griffiths, Bradford College students have studied animation at Whistling Woods, whilst students from WWI have jetted into the UK to study Photography.
The agreement has also promoted the practice and knowledge of Photography, strengthening links with Bollywood, the Commonwealth Games 2010/2014 and the Olympic Games 2012!