Honorary degrees

July 31, 1998

Royal College of Art

Honorary doctorates were awarded on July 3 to: Peter Blake, painter, whose works have been exhibited in the Guggenheim, Musee d'Art Moderne, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Galleria Documenta, Tate Gallery, etc; William Brown, founder of Brown, Beech and Associates, principal designer for many bridges including the Volta River, Forth Road, Severn and Wye, Auckland Harbour; Ken Loach, television and film director, whose films include Kes, Poor Cow, Raining Stones and Ladybird Ladybird.

University of Strathclyde

DBA: Ian Robinson, chief executive of Scottish Power Ltd.

DLitt: Elizabeth Blackadder, artist, who has exhibited at Edinburgh College of Art, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery; Liz Lochhead, poet and playwright.

DSc: Alexander McLean, director of the Ferrous Metallurgy Research Group, University of Toronto; Richard Sykes, chairman and chief executive, Glaxo Wellcome plc.

University of Bradford

DEng: Stuart Reed, developer of legislation for control of air and water pollution and environmental programmes with the Greater London Council, and the Hong Kong government.

DLitt: Vernon Handley, principal guest conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (1989-95), now conductor laureate, associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and vice-president of the Delius and Elgar Societies.

DSc: John Walker, senior scientist at the Medical Research Council's laboratory, Cambridge; Michael Barnsley, professor of mathematics, founder of Iterated Systems, former lecturer at the university and professor at Georgia Institute of Technology; John Ferguson, secretary and registrar of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, awarded a Charter Gold Medal of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1997, 1998 chairman of the European Union committee on pharmaceutical education and training.

LLD: Keith Hellawell, former chief constable of West Yorkshire and Britain's "Drugs Tsar".

DUniv: Roy Johnson, chairman of the university's court; Dennis Jones, education officer for the Institute of Credit Management at the university, who played a major role in funding the ICM chair; Brian Campbell, warden of Tong Hall, Bradford Institute of Technology's first hall of residence, first coordinator and a volunteer counsellor of the university's counselling service; Gerald Hodges, university treasurer (1986-97), trustee of the Bradford Fire Disaster appeal and chairman of a Bradford housing charity.

Loughborough University

DSc: Frank Lees, professor and senior research fellow in the chemical engineering department, former member of the National Advisory Committee on Major Hazards, assessor to the Piper Alpha Disaster Enquiry; David Gardner, professor and managing director, programmes and deputy managing director of British Aerospace; Herman Hauser, director of Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd; Matthew Ball, former university proctor and chief ceremonial marshall at the university, recently retired member of the chemistry department; Thomas Butler, bishop of Leicester.

DTech: Anthony Marmont, professor and founder of Midlands Renewable Energy Technology Transfer; Francis Cotton, managing director of Cotton Traders and tour manager for the British Lions in South Africa, 1997.

MA: Peter Carruthers, Olympic gold medallist (wheelchair sprint), founder of Bromakin Ltd; John Whitworth, musician (performer, scholar and teacher).

Noticeboard is compiled by Lynne Williams. For further details see NetGazette http://www.thesis.co.uk

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