Stuart Hamer graduated from Durham University and began his career as a Work Study Engineer with Ilford Ltd. In 1966 he joined the Ford Motor Company as an Organisation Analyst and soon progressed through a number of roles including Director of Employee Affairs and Personnel Director for Manufacturing Operations in Europe. When he became Director of Education and Training, Stuart set about reorganising and revitalising the education and training programmes used by the company, a move that included the introduction of degree programmes designed to enhance the skills of existing engineering staff. Stuart has always promoted closer links between higher education and industry, recognising the benefits that both parties can reap from such a relationship, and he has been a committed supporter of Anglia Ruskin's efforts to create courses that equip students with the skills required by modern industry. The value of his work was reflected in his appointment as Human Resources Director, Ford of Europe.
In 1992 Stuart Hamer was awarded an Honorary Master of Science.
"Stuart Hamer is Director of Education and Training for Ford of Europe. He is a graduate of the University of Durham and a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management.
Stuart Hamer joined the Ford Motor Company as an Organisation Analyst win 1966, following experience as a Work Study Engineer and Production Manager with Ilford Ltd. He has held a variety of posts within Ford, including Administration Manager for Ford Netherlands, Director of Employee Affairs for Ford of Europe and Personnel Director for Manufacturing Operation in Europe. On moving to his present post in 1991 he set about reorganising and revitalising education and training programmes for Ford of Europe. He successfully launched a new quality programme across Ford's European operations and he led the introduction of degree programmes designed to further enhance the skill levels of existing engineering staff.
Stuart Hamer's creative leadership has encouraged the development of an education partnership between Ford of Europe and Anglia Polytechnic University, leading to an innovative approach to work-based learning which is attracting national and international attention.
The award of this honorary degree recognises leadership at the interface between higher education and industry and committed support to Anglia's role as a University devoted to meeting industrial needs."