University to confer honorary degrees on inspirational achievers

Charity campaigners, Olympic athletes, leaders from across the cultural worlds of film, music, heritage and design and the chief executive of a multi-national business are among those to be honoured by Nottingham Trent University during its summer graduation ceremonies.

Lady Frances Sorrell OBE
Lady Frances Sorrell OBE
Lady Frances Sorrell OBE

The University is to confer honorary doctorates on 12 recipients, most of whom are from Nottinghamshire or have strong connections to the county.

They include Rose Thompson who has 40 years’ experience in cancer services. Director of BME Cancer Communities, she has been an influential advocate for people affected by cancer and has authored two reports on high prostate cancer inequalities in black men. The reports triggered a national campaign which raised awareness and developed the Check Tings Out community clinic in St Anns, Nottingham.

Richard Davison, four time equestrian Olympian and a European medallist who was born in Nottingham will receive a Doctor of Science, along with fellow Nottingham athlete and British Paralympic swimmer, Oliver Hynd MBE.

Lady Frances Sorrell OBE, renowned British designer, advocate and campaigner for creative education is to receive a Doctor of Art. Through the creation of the Sorrell Foundation, Sir John and Lady Sorrell established the national Saturday Art Club network, dedicated to the growth and development of Saturday Clubs in the UK. NTU is a strong advocate of its work and runs its own Saturday Art Club in conjunction with the Sorrell Foundation.

The awards will be presented during a week of graduation ceremonies held at the Royal Concert Hall, beginning on Monday, July 17.

Our honorary graduates have all excelled in their chosen fields and demonstrate the results of determination and dedication

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University

Famous alumni are among those who will receive honorary doctorates, including BAFTA nominated filmmaker Jonathan Glazer. The 1987 NTU graduate in 3D Design (Theatre), found fame for his revolutionary work on Radiohead’s Street Spirit and Jamiroquai’s multi-MTV award-winning Virtual Insanity videos before directing the critically acclaimed film Under the Skin.

Juergen Maier – now Chief Executive of Siemens PLC – will be presented with a Doctor of Science. Mr Maier studied BSc Production at NTU before joining Siemens in 1986 on a sponsored graduate programme.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, said: “Our graduation ceremonies are an opportunity not just to congratulate students on their hard work and their success to date but also a chance to inspire them as they embark on their future careers. Our honorary graduates have all excelled in their chosen fields and demonstrate the results of determination and dedication.”

Other recipients of honorary doctorates are:

- Dr Maggie Atkinson - former Children’s Commissioner for England

- Dame Sarah Connolly CBE - mezzo-soprano

- Diane Lees CBE - Director General of the Imperial War Museums

- Sir Andrew Pulford CBE - Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Air Force

- Simon Starling - Conceptual Artist and winner of the Turner Prize

- Richard Williams - British sports and music journalist

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    Full details of honoraries and when they receive their awards is contained in the table below.

    Honorary Name

    Award

    Ceremony Date

    Diane Elizabeth Lees

    Doctor of Arts

    Monday 17 July 2017

    Lady Sorrell

    Doctor of Art

    Monday 17 July 2017

    Richard Davison

    Doctor of Science

    Monday 17 July 2017

    Maggie Atkinson

    Doctor of Education

    Tuesday 18 July 2017

    Richard Williams

    Doctor of Letters

    Tuesday 18 July 2017

    Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford

    Doctor of the University

    Wednesday 19 July 2017

    Oliver William Hynd MBE

    Doctor of Science

    Wednesday 19 July 2017

    Jonathan Glazer

    Doctor of Art

    Wednesday 19 July 2017

    Dame Sarah Patricia Connolly

    Doctor of Music

    Thursday 20 July 2017

    Simon James Starling

    Doctor of Art

    Thursday 20 July 2017

    Professor Juergen Maier

    Doctor of Science

    Friday 21 July 2017

    Rose Thompson

    Doctor of Social Science

    Friday 21 July 2017

    About Nottingham Trent University

    • Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the 15 largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.
    • The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.
    • NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.
    • With an international student population of approximately 3,500 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

University to confer honorary degrees on inspirational achievers

Published on 5 July 2017
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