Ingrid Roscoe

Ingrid RoscoeReceived her honorary Honorary Doctor of Laws

Conferment on 15 July 2010 of the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, upon

Ingrid Mary Roscoe

Presentation address by the Pro-Chancellor

Chancellor:  Exactly forty years ago, this university awarded an honorary doctorate of laws to Brigadier Kenneth Hargreaves.  Today we similarly honour his stepdaughter, Ingrid Roscoe.  In so doing, just as our predecessors did in 1970, we are marking some of the values which lie at the heart of the university.   We are recognising intellect and excellence;  we are applauding the arts and the world of ideas;  and, in particular, we are celebrating public service.  

Ingrid was born in 1944. Her mother, Else, had come to England from Sweden in 1940 to marry a man she had met only three times, boarding the last civilian ship to make it safely across the North Sea.  Ingrid's father, Arthur Allen, died when she was a child;  and Else later married Kenneth Hargreaves, a leading Yorkshire industrialist.  

Ingrid's first foray into higher education started conventionally enough, as an eighteen-year-old undergraduate at Nottingham, but she abandoned her course after a year to marry Marshall Roscoe;  and she did not resume systematic education until 1981 when, with her children at school, she enrolled here.  By then she was already publishing articles on fine art. She graduated in 1985, and went on to a take her PhD;  her thesis was published by the Walpole Society. Ingrid taught part-time at Leeds in the 1990s, and in 2000 became editor-in-chief and co-author of A Biographical Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1660-1851, which was published by Yale last year to great critical acclaim.  

Despite the demands of family and the academy, Ingrid has always managed to find time to serve her community.  Amongst many other roles, she is currently a trustee of York Minster and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Honorary Colonel of the Leeds University OTC. Ingrid was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire in 1994, became Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 1999 and Lord-Lieutenant in 2004.  

To all of her many roles, Ingrid brings tireless energy and enthusiasm - and it is no surprise, then, that she has increased the number of her official engagements by some 50 per cent over the past five years.   She has great personal style and charm, a strong sense of duty, and an abiding interest in - and concern for - the people of her county.  It is this quality, above all, which we celebrate today.  

Chancellor, I am delighted to present to you Ingrid Mary Roscoe for the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.