Staffordshire University announces honours list

Stoke City FC manager Tony Pulis and world cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE are among those singled out to receive Staffordshire University’s highest honour.

15 inspirational people who each ‘create the difference’ in their respective fields will become honorary Doctors of the University during a week of graduation ceremonies taking place at the Trentham Estate from July 6 – 10.

These include Lord Wedgwood of Barlaston – direct descendent of Josiah Wedgwood – and Jonathan Wilkes who are seen as worthy ambassadors of North Staffordshire, its products and its people. Ardent wildlife campaigner Pat Callaghan, former chair of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, will also be honoured for her work in nature conservation and sustainable development.

Staffordshire University will also be using the occasion of its awards ceremonies to recognise the contribution made by Graham Stow CBE, former Group Chief Executive of the Britannia Building Society and retiring Chair of the University’s Board of Governors.

Husband and wife journalists Jackie Ashley and Andrew Marr, Dame Joan Bakewell and Esther Rantzen CBE will also be joining the ranks of Staffordshire University’s honorary graduates for the considerable contribution they have made in the world of television and the media.

Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor Professor Christine King CBE, said: “These are people who stand out in their respective fields, who make a difference by being effective role-models and inspiring others, who have achieved and continue to strive for fair play and equality.

“These are outstanding people who share our values, our beliefs and our aspirations and we are delighted to be honoring them at Staffordshire University’s Graduation Ceremonies in 2009.”

Around 3,000 graduates are set to receive their degrees and be congratulated on their achievement by Professor King and the University’s Chancellor Lord Morris of Handsworth OJ.

The full list of Honorary Graduates, in ceremony order, is:


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