University of Leicester honours distinguished individuals in celebratory year for city

Posted by pt91 at Jul 08, 2016 10:25 AM |
Eleven honorary degrees to be awarded at graduation ceremonies between 12-15 July

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 July 2016

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In a year that has seen the city of Leicester make headlines for its unprecedented sporting achievements, the University of Leicester will be celebrating the achievements of others linked with the city and the surrounding area who have excelled in their own fields.

The University will confer honorary degrees on eleven distinguished individuals at its graduation ceremonies next week (12-15 July).

Recipients will include an actor and broadcaster with a long-running career in television and radio; a world bowls champion; a record-breaking rower; a former Government minister; the former Chief Executive of the Nationwide Building Society; a cartoonist for national newspapers; an antiques expert and broadcaster; the Dean of the Cathedral where the remains of Richard III lie; and highly respected scientists in the fields of engineering, ophthalmology and brewing.

The distinguished figures honoured at the University’s graduation ceremonies from 12-15 July have all reached the top tiers of their fields and are respected at a local, national or international level.

They will receive their honorary degrees at the ceremonies at De Montfort Hall before an audience of graduating students and their families.

Those to be honoured at the University of Leicester’s summer graduation ceremonies in 2016 are:

Tuesday 12 July, 3pm

Ed McLachlan (Doctor of Letters)

Cartoonist and illustrator

Nicholas Parsons CBE (Doctor of Letters)

Actor and broadcaster, host of the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game Just a Minute

Wednesday 13 July, 11am

Tony Allcock MBE (Doctor of Laws)

World champion bowls player

Graham Beale CBE (Doctor of Laws)

Former Chief Executive of the Nationwide Building Society

Wednesday 13 July, 3pm

Professor Dame Ann Dowling (Doctor of Science)

President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge

Thursday 14 July, 11am

The Very Revd David Monteith (Doctor of Laws)

Dean of Leicester Cathedral

Lars Tharp (Doctor of Letters)

Ceramic historian, consultant and broadcaster

Thursday 14 July, 3pm

Dr John Sandford-Smith MBE (Doctor of Science)

Ophthalmologist involved in medical work and teaching in developing countries

Friday 15 July, 11am

Sarah Outen MBE (Doctor of Laws)

Adventurer and round the world rower

The Rt Hon. Lord Willetts (Doctor of Laws)

Former Member of Parliament and Minister of State for Universities and Science

Friday 15 July, 3pm

Professor Sir Godfrey Palmer (Doctor of Science)

Professor Emeritus at Heriott-Watt University, expert in barley, malt and cereal grains and brewing, and human rights activist

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle said: “We are delighted that the University will be awarding honorary degrees to candidates who have made impacts in a wide range of unique ways. It has been an amazing year for the city of Leicester, culminating in Leicester City’s victory as Premier League champions. Leicester is finally putting itself firmly on the map, in the UK and abroad. So it is fitting that as we celebrate the achievements of our own graduates, we also celebrate those linked to the region whose own achievements should inspire them to even greater success.”


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