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Broadcasters among those to receive honorary degrees

Property developer Sarah Beeny and BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen will be among the distinguished recipients of honorary degrees from Nottingham Trent University between July 21 and 25.

Property developer Sarah Beeny and BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen will be among the distinguished recipients of honorary degrees from Nottingham Trent University between 21 and 25 July.

Sarah Beeny became a familiar household name after presenting TV property shows such as Property Ladder and documenting the transformation of her own Grade II-listed home, Rise Hall in Yorkshire, on the Channel 4 show Restoration Nightmare. She has also written a number of related books and newspaper columns and developed the online estate agency Tepilo.

She will be named an honorary Doctor of Design during a graduation ceremony on 24 July in recognition of her significant contribution to raising the profile and accessibility of property management and development and related issues to the wider general public.

Receiving an honorary Doctor of Social Science, to mark his significant contribution to understanding the nature and complexities of contemporary affairs, particularly in the Middle East, will be Jeremy Bowen.

Just a few months ago he became the Royal Television Society News Television Journalist of the Year – the latest in a series of awards spanning a 30-year career with the BBC. As a special correspondent and, since 2005, the corporation's Middle East editor, he has covered wars, revolutions, civil strife and disasters on four continents. Trouble-spots include Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, the Gulf, the West Bank and Libya, and other conflict zones such as the Balkans, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Somalia and Rwanda.

Together with the BBC, he has won an Emmy for the 2006 Lebanon War coverage, and a BAFTA for reports from Kosovo in 1999. He will receive his honorary degree on 22 July.

Other recipients throughout the University's graduation ceremonies at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham will be former chief executive of Diageo Paul Walsh, permanent secretary of the Scottish government Sir Peter Housden, BBC Radio Nottingham sports commentator Colin Slater, international education expert Professor David Hopkins and classical composer Paul Carr.

For 13 years, Mr Walsh was the chief executive of multinational company Diageo, whose products include Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and Baileys. He was this year appointed chairman of Compass, the catering group, and also of Avanti Communications plc.

Sir Peter served in local government before becoming a civil servant. He lived in West Bridgford when he was director of education and then chief executive of Nottinghamshire County Council. His work at both local and national level was recognised in the Birthday Honours List of 2010, when he was created a KCB.

As well and being a journalist and sports commentator, Mr Slater is also a respected public relations expert and in 2001, he received an MBE 'for services to radio and the community in Nottinghamshire'.

Professor Hopkins was chief adviser on school standards at the Department for Education and Skills and also a consultant on teaching quality and improvement policy with the OECD, during which time he advised some 20 ministries worldwide.

Mr Carr is a composer of both choral and orchestral works, including the renowned Requiem for an Angel. His 2013 setting of The Seven Last Words on the Cross was also much admired and follows versions by many composers including Pergolesi and Haydn, to James MacMillan.

Nottingham Trent University vice-chancellor Professor Neil Gorman said: "The recipients of our honorary degrees have all enriched and influenced the lives of people in this city and indeed across the globe through dedication to their work. They serve as an inspiration, not just to young adults graduating from Nottingham Trent University now, but to us all.

"It is a privilege to award these honorary degrees in recognition of their achievements."

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Broadcasters among those to receive honorary degrees

Published on 27 June 2014
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