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Singer Sarah Brightman, Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson and Old Knebworth based author Ken Follett are among the high-profile names receiving honorary degrees from the University of Hertfordshire...

They will be presented with their certificates during a number of ceremonies which are being held between now and next Tuesday.

Film director and playwright Jez Butterworth - known for his work on sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow and Bond movie Spectre - is also being recognised.

Around 16,000 students will receive their degrees at St Albans Abbey.

Sue Grant, Secretary and Registrar at the University of Hertfordshire who leads the academic procession at the ceremonies, said: "We are incredibly proud of our graduates and these ceremonies reward the dedication and well-deserved achievements of our students.  We hope that they, along with their family and friends, will enjoy celebrating in the city of St Albans.

"Over 96% of our students are employed or in further study within the first six months of graduation and we continue to strive to develop graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes to equip them for future challenges and opportunities".

(BELOW: Author Ken Follett)


Honorary Degrees will be awarded to:

  • The Venerable Trevor Pryce Jones - In recognition of his services to the community of Hertfordshire
  • Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted - In recognition of her contribution to the development of European Union policy
  • Mr David Pearson - In recognition of his significant career in, and contribution to, the marketing industry
  • Mr Jez Butterworth - In recognition of his contribution to British drama and film
  • Dame Helen Yvonne Hyde - In recognition of her contribution to national education, Holocaust education and the promotion of diversity within the community
  • Ms Sarah Brightman - In recognition of her contribution to music and theatre
  • Mr Walter Murch - In recognition of his contribution to the motion picture industry and, in particular, the field of film editing
  • His Honour Judge Andrew Bright QC - In recognition of his contribution to the legal profession and his services to the community of Hertfordshire
  • Mr Kenneth Follett - In recognition of his contribution to literature and literacy
  • Mr Michael Albert Paul McGrath - In recognition of his motivational/ inspirational work with persons with disability
  • Mr Robert Wilson OBE - In recognition to his contribution to football and significant charitable work
  • Professor Dame Janet Maureen Thornton - In recognition of her contribution to bioinformatics
  • Dame Mary Marsh - In recognition of her contribution to public services, particularly the charitable sector
  • Professor Felix Israel Domeno Konotey-Ahulu - In recognition of his contribution to Sickle Cell disease research
  • Mr Mark Coulier - In recognition of his contribution to the film industry

 

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