Honorary degrees

August 1, 1997

Open University

Fellow: Kenneth Berrill, former chief economic adviser to the Treasury, head of the Cabinet Office think tank and first head of the Securities and Investment board.

Honorary doctorate: Pat Barker, author; Judith Bell, author and editor of books on managing education, 1996 visiting professorial research fellow at Edith Cowan University, Perth; Michael Berry, physicist and Royal Society research professor at Bristol University, winner of the Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize and the Dirac Medal; Christopher B. Lynch, founder and chair of the Myrtle Peach Trust for Cancer Prevention in Milton Keynes, pioneering advocate of keyhole surgery, member of the British Board for Intercountry Adoption; Peter Bonfield, chief executive of British Telecom and non-executive chairman of ICL; Tim Brighouse, chief education officer in Birmingham and driving force behind the city's University of the First Age; Carmen Callil, founder and chairman (1972-95) of Virago Press; Kenneth Dixon, chairman of Rowntree Mackintosh (1981-89), deputy chairman of Bass plc and vice chairman of Legal and General Group, pro chancellor of the University of York and member of the Higher Education Quality Council; Dorothy Emmet, philosopher and scholar; Lesley Garrett, soprano; Edward Heath, British prime minister (1970-74); Bob Holman, visiting professor in the Centre for Children and Society at the University of Glasgow; Steve Jones, professor in genetics at University College London; Helena Kennedy, Queen's Counsel and author; Prue Leith, cookery writer, broadcaster, member of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications and UK Skills and chairman of the Royal Society of Arts; Trevor McDonald, presenter of ITV's News at Ten; Chrissie Maher, founder of the Plain English Campaign and The Liverpool News; Federico Mayor, director-general of Unesco, former rector of the University of Granada; Julia Neuberger, rabbi, author and broadcaster, member of the General Medical Council; Eric Newby, travel writer; Jane Plant, head of the minerals and geochemical surveys division of the British Geological Survey, visiting professor at the University of Liverpool's earth sciences department

Margaret Popplewell, justice of the peace in Buckinghamshire, former member of the university's council, member of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (1987-94); Jancis Robinson, wine critic, journalist and broadcaster; Raymond Seitz, former American ambassador to the Court of St James, President Bush's assistant secretary of state for Europe and Canada (1989-91), vice-chairman of Lehman Brothers; John Spence, former chairman of the Northern Ireland Training Authority and Investors in People Recognition Panel, member of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications; Stephen Tumim, circuit judge, chief inspector of prisons for England and Wales (1978-95), chairman of the National Deaf Children's Society (1974-79); Niklaus Wirth, professor of computer science at the Institut fur Computersysteme, ETH Zurich.

MUniv: Dorothy Day, former head teacher and adviser at the Centre of Information and Advice on Educational Disadvantage, now working for Children in Need; John Martin, former head of the Open University's general facilities office.

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