Our honoured guests

Each year we are delighted to confer honorary degrees on those who have made a significant contribution to their field. In 2010, we welcomed many remarkable individuals to the University in order to celebrate their achievements. Here are just some of the inspirational figures who the University honoured during 2010.

Clifford Joseph Price ‘Goldie’

School of Art & Design
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design

Goldie initially earned his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands during the early 1980s. His artwork around Birmingham and Wolverhampton was featured in Dick Fontaine’s Channel 4 documentary Bombin’, first screened in 1988.

It was his move to London and a visit to the Rage Club in 1991 that prompted a change in direction for the graffiti artist. Goldie launched the Sunday Sessions at the Blue Note club and saw the birth and growth of the Drum and Bass label Metalheadz that created his album Timeless. During a recording career spanning two decades, Goldie has sold more than 2.5 million records worldwide.

Goldie has many TV and film appearances to his credit, including Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, Eastenders and Maestro. In 2009, Goldie scored a piece of music for the Proms entitled Sine Tempore. A two-part BBC documentary, Classic Goldie followed, portraying his versatile talent. Goldie won huge public support when he spoke out to try and recruit social workers as part of a national TV campaign. Goldie is currently involved in TV and film projects.

Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss of March Green GBE

School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006. Called to the Bar aged 21 as a member of the Inner Temple, she was in practice at the Bar from 1955- 1970. Formerly a Registrar at the Principal Registry of Probate (later, the Family Division) from 1970-1979, she was elected Bencher in 1979.

During her term as Judge of the High Court Family Division from 1979-1988, she was Chairman of the well-known Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry. Baroness Butler-Sloss acted as the first lady Lord Justice of Appeal from 1988-1999, and was the Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 1998. She became President of the Family Division in October 1999, a position she held until April 2005.

She is a former Chairman of the St Paul’s Cathedral Advisory Committee, Chancellor of the University of the West of England, a Governor of Merchant Taylors’ School, a Governor of Coram (one of the country’s oldest children’s charities) and President of the Grandparents Association. She is Visitor to St Hilda’s College Oxford and Hon Fellow of St Hilda’s and King’s College London and is a FRCP; FRCPsych; FRCPaed and FRSM.

John Sharples

School of Education
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education

John Sharples, a Chartered Civil Engineer, joined Tarmac plc after graduating from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He became Managing Director of Tarmac’s UK building contractor and property development businesses before his appointment to the board of Carillion plc in 1999.

During his career, John has served on employer representative bodies for the construction industry, including the national council of the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors and the Employers’ Conciliation Board. He was also a Director of the influential Reading Construction Forum for several years.

John was appointed a Governor of the University of Wolverhampton in 1996, and was Chairman of the Board of Governors from 2003-2009. As a University Governor, John chaired the University’s Estates Strategy Committee throughout the institution’s extensive building development programme and was a member of the board of Wolverhampton Science Park, a joint venture with Wolverhampton City Council which promotes new business activity throughout the region.

Michael Mansfield QC

School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Called to the Bar in 1967, Michael Mansfield gained a BA (Hons) degree in History and Philosophy from Keele University before turning to law. He made his name in the Angry Brigade trial in the early 1970s before establishing Tooks Court Chambers in 1984. He took silk (became a Queen’s Counsel) in 1989.

Michael has never shied away from controversial cases, especially where civil liberties are at stake. He has been involved in high profile cases such as Barry George – wrongly convicted of the murder of Jill Dando, and represented the families of victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings, and of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Michael Mansfield has written extensively in all major broadsheets and law journals and appeared in several documentaries. His books Presumed Guilty and Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer have been critically acclaimed. He is the President of Amicus, Haldene Society of Socialist Lawyers and National Civil Rights Movement. He fully supports the work of the Fitted-In Project.

Gurdas Maan

School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music

With a career spanning over 25 years, Gurdas Maan has become the most prolific and recognisable Punjabi singer in the world today. To date, he has produced over 30 albums and written over 200 songs. He has played a major role in promoting Asian culture at an international level. His songs portray real-life issues and appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.

His ability to sing, write his own lyrics and perform on stage gained him international stardom, and he has performed in the USA, Canada, Middle East, New Zealand, Hong Kong, UK, Italy, Greece, Denmark, France, Norway and Australia.

A star of many Bollywood blockbusters, Gurdas Maan has received numerous awards, including the Jury’s Award, presented to him by the President of India in 2005. Gurdas Maan is one of an exclusive handful of Indian artists who has consistently filled the largest and most prestigious venues in the UK, including Wembley Arena, the NEC (LG Arena) and the Royal Albert Hall.

Ian Powell

University of Wolverhampton Business School
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration

Ian Powell is the Chairman and Senior Partner of the UK firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP. As a member of the five-man Network Leadership team which directs the international network of PwC firms, Ian is responsible for the Central Cluster which spans 97 countries and accounts for half of PwC’s worldwide revenues.

A graduate of the University of Wolverhampton, on gaining a BA (Hons) in Economics, Ian joined PwC in 1977 and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). He worked in Assurance in the early part of his career before specialising in the business arena. He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme at Insead Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Ian has amassed a broad range of experience working with a wide variety of clients. PwC works with many of the world’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs as well as public sector clients and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). For the past seven years PwC has been voted a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer.

Steve Morgan OBE

School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Born in Liverpool, Steve Morgan, is the founder of Redrow plc, which he started at the age of 21 with the aid of a £5,000 loan from his father. Under his leadership Redrow became one of the UK’s most successful homebuilders and a FTSE 250 Company. He led the flotation of the Company in 1994 and eventually stepped down as Chairman in November 2000, although his company, Bridgemere, remained one of the largest shareholders. Steve returned to the helm at Redrow in March 2009.

In August 2007, Steve became Chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Under Steve’s leadership Wolves were crowned Champions of the Championship in 2009 and gained promotion to the Premier League. In 1992, Steve was awarded the OBE for his services to the construction industry.

The Morgan Foundation, a charity which Steve founded in 2001, is one of the largest providers of funding for children’s and family charities across North Wales, Merseyside and West Cheshire. The Morgan Foundation is also the main funder for ‘Wolves Aid’, which is the largest charity of its type in football.