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18 May 2017

Mr George Mitchell, CBE, celebrates 60 years service at Newcastle University

George Mitchell has celebrated his “60 Years” service this month at the School of Marine Science and Technology with an event held in the newly refurbished King’s hall, where George received his Fellowship 10 years ago at his 50 years service event.

George must be one of the longest standing employees from anywhere in the country and Newcastle Unviersity were proud to host this special event marking his amazing achievement.

George started his career at 15 years old on the 29th April 1957 as an apprentice for Newcastle University, working alongside some of the old shipping companies of Swan Hunter, Vickers and Hawthorns. After qualifying in 1962, George was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Certificate of Proficiency for Engineering Technician’s and eventually took up an academic post within six years of starting his apprenticeship.

George then became a member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and since 1977 he has been in receipt of an exceptional grading award, working as Senior Experimental Assistant in the School. 

George has worked tirelessly with Newcastle University's Alumni and has formed lasting relationships spanning his 60 years, persuading the Alumni into investing in our research vessel the Princess Royal and in doing so, also securing HRH Her self to attend the naming ceremony.

George has not only been a committed member of Newcastle University staff but he has served the wider community too. He was elected as a Justice of the Peace of the North Tyneside Petty Division Bench and also recognized by the Home Secretary through his appointment to the Criminal Justice Council and his work on Northumbria Probation Committee offering encouragement and promoting rehabilitation to those who found themselves in difficult circumstances.

George has worked tirelessly for the University for 6 decades and has been the main bulkhead in the School of Marine Science and Technology throughout its many changes and may his long service continue for many years to come.



Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology (MaST) has world-leading research and teaching expertise in marine technology and marine science, a combination that is relatively rare ‘under one roof’ in the higher education sector. The School of Marine Science and Technology, is the UK's first marine School which provides a single base for all education, innovation and research related to the sea. w:

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