22nd July 2019

Adventurer and author awarded honorary degree at BGU Graduation Ceremony

Adventurer and author Ross Edgley received an honorary doctorate from Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in Lincoln at the University’s annual graduation ceremony. In addition to becoming the first person in history to swim all the way around Great Britain Ross’s adventures have seen him wrangle sharks, charm poisonous snakes, hunt with native tribes in some of the most remote areas of the world and train with warrior monks in Japan. Considered a leading expert in mental fortitude, physical resilience and work capacity, Ross joined over 1000 students graduating from BGU over four ceremonies on the 24th and 25th of July in the dramatic surroundings of Lincoln Cathedral. Speaking ahead of the ceremonies, Ross shared his excitement at being selected to receive the honour: "Over 157 days (and 1,780 miles) the Great British Swim became a giant, sea-based, sports science experiment where ideas, theories and principles within sailing, swimming, nutritional science and mental fortitude were fused together in a melting pot as we entered (figuratively and literally) into unchartered waters. As a result (and since arriving back on land) I feel privileged to share my findings into human resilience with universities across the country and in academic journals. But with all this said, to now be considered for an honorary doctorate at the University of my home county is an incredible honour and although entirely unexpected, is incredibly appreciated. In fact I don’t who's more excited my mum and dad or me!" If you’d like more information on how you can start you own adventures at BGU, visit our website, speak to our Enquiries Team or join us on one of our upcoming Open Days.