Speaking at the University’s graduation ceremony where she received a Senior Honorary Fellowship, the best-selling author thanked the academic staff who supported her son who graduated from the Acting Foundation Course two years ago.
Accepting her Award in front of more than 200 students from Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology, and Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media, on Thursday 14 July, at St Marylebone Parish Church in London, Kathy said:
“Many of you are keen to pursue careers in journalism, film, theatre and literature. To be a good writer you only need two things – something to say, and an original way to say it – and I know that at Regent’s you learn to do both.
“I also know that Regent’s instils compassion and inclusivity in all of its students. I’m sure of this because this was the University that accepted my autistic son.
“When Julius told me he wanted to study acting, I was dubious – how could someone with autism empathise with a character’s complex emotional nuances? Was it possible to put the artistic into autistic? Besides, which University would accept him?
“I built down my hopes. But then Regent’s warm-heartedly welcomed my son in the Acting Foundation course. Amazingly, to my eyes, after much kind and sympathetic tuition he excelled in class productions.
“Soon after he went for an audition for Holby City and secured the part. Jules has been a semi-regular character since last October, playing to four million people a week. He now gets stopped for autographs and has a fan page.
“My main hope is that Julius’ success will encourage other employers to think outside the neuro-typical box and to give differently-able people a chance.”
“It was Regent’s University London which gave my son this extraordinary, life-changing opportunity, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you’ve done for us.”
More than 1,000 students at Regent’s University London are currently graduating over 14, 15 and 16 July, 2016.
Kathy Lette is one of four distinguished figures who received Honorary Senior Fellowships from Regent’s this week, including her husband Geoffrey Robertson QC, who is a founder of the University’s new International Human Rights Law MA; Ian Mehrtens the University’s former Chair of Trustees and a supporter of LGBT rights and the Chancellor Professor John Drew.