"We honour people who have achieved a distinction in a field which has relevance to the University and where they can act as inspirational role models to our graduating students. I look forward to welcoming them all."
Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor
Inspirational people who have made significant contributions to Staffordshire and wider society are to be honoured by Staffordshire University as part of its annual awards ceremonies.
Kirsty Bertarelli and millionaire philanthropist John Caudwell, who both have roots in the area, are among those receiving the University's highest honour during a week of ceremonies being held at Trentham Estate from July 11 - 15. They are both honoured for their commitment to 'give back' to the area through the Bertarelli Foundation and Caudwell Children respectively.
Other recipients of honorary degrees with strong associations to Staffordshire include writer and historian Fred Hughes, former University Chair of Governors and Vice-President for GE Power Steve Burgin and Guardian chief culture writer Charlotte Higgins who spent her formative years in North Staffordshire. Dragon's Den star Theo Paphitis is also being recognised for his work to promote enterprise and improve the employability of young people.
Completing the line-up are Ros Kerslake OBE, who while serving as Chief Executive of The Princes Regeneration Trust, played a lead role in the regeneration of Middleport Pottery; Mike Gamble of leading games and technology creator Epic Games who has worked closely with the University to establish a centre for computer games teaching and training and BBC World affairs correspondent Clive Myrie, an inspiration to budding journalists.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes said: "These will be my first Awards Ceremonies at Staffordshire University and I very much look forward to congratulating our Class of 2016 on their great achievements. Part of the ceremony is the awarding of honorary degrees which are bestowed on those people with fantastic connections to the University and the work we do, and who have contributed more widely to the good of our society.
"We also honour people who have achieved a distinction in a field which has relevance to the University and where they can act as inspirational role models to our graduating students. I look forward to welcoming them all."
More than 3,200 graduates will receive degrees and be congratulated on their achievements by Professor Liz Barnes and Chancellor of Staffordshire University, the Lord Stafford.
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