The Duke of York visited West Yorkshire on 9th November, 2015 to chair graduation ceremonies at The University of Huddersfield and visit Pexa Ltd, a fast growing aviation business.
The Duke, who succeeded Sir Patrick Stewart as Chancellor of The University of Huddersfield in July, returned to award degrees to students from the School of Education and Professional Development at the first Graduation ceremonies since His Royal Highness’s installation.
HRH addressed an audience of graduates, guests and academic staff, telling the future teachers: “This University is about preparation, about instilling knowledge, instilling leadership – not only in its position inside in the UK, but particularly to its students and its faculty…”
“If I can leave one thought on a day like to today: it’s up to you to be the inspiration for young people – every single person in this room can remember a teacher or member of staff at their school who inspired them to do something, and that has led them to where they are today. Those of you in the teaching profession are going to have to think about how you are going to inspire the next generation.”
The Duke then visited Pexa, a supplier of high technology materials to the energy, aerospace, defence and electronics industry, to open new expanded facilities for the fast growing firm. HRH joined members of the Pexa team for a briefing and discussion about their journey so far, before meeting the sales and production teams, customers and local supporters at a ceremony to mark the opening of the new building. The Duke heard about Pexa’s expanding team, which includes one apprentice, with the company launching the search for two more in the coming weeks.
Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa said – “the whole team was thrilled to meet HRH, he was very interested in the nuts and bolts of the operation, our people development and apprentice activity and our plans for the future. He really engaged with us and wants to make a contribution”.