Lord (Melvyn) Bragg, broadcaster and novelist, will be installed as chancellor of the University of Leeds in June. He succeeds the Duchess of Kent, who retired in October 1998 because of ill health. At the same ceremony, the university will award honorary degrees to: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, professor of physics at the Open University and promoter of women in science; Lord (Alan) Bullock, founding master of St Catherine's College, Oxford, and an honorary fellow; Jude Kelly, artistic director and chief executive of the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Robert Ogden, owner and founder of the Ogden Group of companies; and Alan Roberts, pro-chancellor at Leeds, professor of biomaterials in surgery at the University of Hull and consultant clinical scientist at St Luke's Hospital, Bradford.
William Marslen Wilson, director of the Medical Research Council cognition and brain sciences unit in Cambridge, and David Rhind, vice-chancellor of City University, have been awarded fellowships by Birkbeck College.
The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama has awarded fellowships to Jan Crook, its former registrar; Nina Havergal, former appeal director for the National Opera School for Scotland; Liz Lochhead, Scottish playwright and poet; Patricia MacMahon, singing teacher; and George Taylor, a former lecturer in harmony, counterpoint and composition.
Graham Pye, founder of the charitable trust Music at Oxford, has been nominated for an honorary MA by the University of Oxford for his commitment to the musical life of the university and city.