The Open University 's honorary graduates for this year are: Jude Kelly , artistic director and chief executive of the West Yorkshire Playhouse; journalist Jon Snow ; clockwork radio inventor Trevor Bayliss ; Robert Cameron , manager of adult continuing education and an evolutionary biologist at the universities of Sheffield and Birmingham; Helen Bamber , director of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture; Tim Wyatt , former Open University tutor and scientific adviser to the Northern Ireland chief medical officer; John Needham , trustee of the Open University Students Educational Trust; composer James MacMillan ; Morag Craig , Open University location coordinator for the Isle of Skye; Sir David Steel , first presiding officer for the Scottish Parliament; Gerald Elliott , emeritus professor of the Open University; May Blood , founder member of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition; Baroness Hollis of Heigham , under secretary of state at the Department of Social Security; journalist and author John Pilger ; Susan Greenfield , director of the Royal Institution; Norman Gowar , founder member of the Open University; novelist Beryl Bainbridge ; broadcaster John Peel ; Harvey Goldstein , professor of statistical methods at the Institute of Education; Harry Greenway , former member of the council of the Open University; journalist Will Hutton ; John Sentamu , Bishop of Stepney; artist and sculptor Anthony Gormley ; Paul Muldoon , professor of poetry at the University of Oxford; Edward McBride , diplomat and the first chairman of the board of the United States Open University; Baroness Young of Old Scone , chief executive of the Environment Agency for England and Wales; and Deirdre Hine , president of the Royal Society of Medicine and chairwoman of the Commission for Health Improvement.
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