University announces honorary awards

The University of Gloucestershire has today announced the names of outstanding individuals connected to Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds who will receive honorary awards at this year’s graduation ceremonies.


Honorary awards will be given to:

  • Carol Francis, magistrate and community champion – Honorary Fellowship
  • Andy Hunt, CEO of the British Olympic Association – Honorary Doctor of Philosophy
  • Alex James, writer, musician and cheesemaker – Honorary Doctor of Arts
  • Rt Rev James Jones, Former Bishop of Liverpool– Honorary Doctor of Philosophy
  • Robert Macfarlane, writer, critic and radio broadcaster – Honorary Doctor of Letters
  • Ian Mean, content director and former editor of The Citizen – Honorary Doctor of Philosophy
  • Diane Savory OBE, Chair, Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership – Honorary Doctor of Philosophy
  • Michael Tripp, former group CEO, Ecclesiastical Insurance and Deputy Chair of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership – Honorary Doctor of Philosophy
  • Dale Vince, MD of Ecotricity and Chairman of Forest Green Rovers FC – Honorary Doctor of Philosophy

The University confers honorary awards each year on a small number of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution locally, nationally or internationally. The recipients have achieved great distinction in their particular field and additionally have a link with Gloucestershire or the University.

The awards will be presented at the graduation ceremonies later this year at the annual graduation ceremonies alongside around 2,000 University of Gloucestershire graduates who have completed undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses.

Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire said: “I am delighted that the University will be conferring honorary doctorates on this eminent group of individuals. Each has achieved great distinction in his or her chosen field and all have some connection with the county of Gloucestershire. “The University is proud to be able honour and celebrate their achievements through these awards.”

The graduation ceremonies will take place at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse between 6 – 8 November and at Gloucester Cathedral on 14 – 15 November 2013.

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