Brian Groombridge, professor emeritus of adult education at the University of London, has been awarded the Order of the Knight, 1st Class of the Order of the Finnish White Rose, for services to academic, educational and cultural cooperation (Opinion, page 16).
The University of London will confer honorary degrees at its Foundation Day next November on: journalist Simon Jenkins, (DLit); Amartya Sen, Nobel prize-winning economist, (DSc Econ); Frances Partridge, Bloomsbury Group diarist, (DLit); Dame Josephine Barnes, obstretrician, (DSc Med); Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, chancellor of Oxford University, (DLit); Richard Hoggart, literary critic (DLit) and Sir Aaron Klug,
president of the Royal Society, (DSc).
Actor Timothy West and Trevor Phillips, broadcaster, have received honorary doctorates of letters degrees from the University of Westminster.
Lancaster University has awarded honorary degrees to Michael Brearley, psychoanalyst and professional cricketer; Yan Pascal Tortelier, principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic; and Martin Trow, professor of sociology and public policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
The University of the West of England has awarded honorary degrees to: David Shattock, former chief constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, (DIur); John Tomlinson, former director of the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick, (DEd); Jan Pentreath chief scientist and director of environmental strategy at the Environment Agency, (DSc); and James Partridge, founder of the charity Changing Faces, which helps people with facial disfigurement, (DSc).