Honoraries help students celebrate in Cambridge

Published: 4 October 2013 at 14:55

8 Honorary Award holders are recognised as being inspirational role models

Over 2,300 Anglia Ruskin University students were joined by honoraries from the fields of literature, medicine, media, business, film, and religion as they celebrated their graduation in Cambridge this week.

The ceremonies, which were held at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge from 1-3 October, saw undergraduate and postgraduate students don ceremonial graduation gowns to mark the formal completion of their degrees. 

The 8 honorary awards were presented during the faculty-themed ceremonies to various individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements and being a role model to our students. 

Philip Pullman CBE, the renowned author and illustrator who is recognised around the world for his fantastical storytelling for children and adults, received an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read CBE, who is a doctor in practice as well as being Chief Executive of NHS Cambridgeshire, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences.

Nic Benns, an alumnus and Emmy-award-winning and BAFTA-nominated director of film and TV titles and advertisements, received an Honorary Doctor of Arts.

Patrick McKenna received an Honorary Doctor of Arts for his business expertise.   His business, Ingenious Media, is one of the UK’s leading investment and advisory groups.  He is also Chairman of television company Hat Trick Productions, Chairman of the Young Vic and a member of the UK’s Creative Industries Council.

Philip Reeve, Anglia Ruskin alumnus, is one of the leading writers for children and young adults and an important writer of junior science fiction.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

The Right Honourable the Lord Williams of Oystermouth, PC, FBA, FRSL, FLSW is a very public figure.  He retired as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of 2012 after 10 years of intensely public service.  Lord Williams was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Pastoral Theology.

Tony Jones was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts in recognition of him being the most significant figure in independent film exhibition in our region.

Victoria Brignell is a radio producer with the BBC and a disability champion.  She feels that if she were not disabled, her life would certainly be simpler and she would have more opportunities, but she wouldn’t be any happier.  Victoria was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts.

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin, said:

“This year’s honoraries, and their inspiring stories, were of enormous interest to our graduating students.
“The ceremonies served as a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the talent and hard work of our graduating students, and we wish them every success in their chosen careers.”