The University of Wolverhampton

Honorary doctorates

The University of Wolverhampton has given honorary doctorates to some well-known figures.
 
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2006 honorary doctorates

Dame Karlene Davis DBE - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Dame Karlene Davis DBE has been General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives since 1997 during which time she has provided leadership and seen significant changes in influencing the direction of maternity services provision and the evolving role of the midwife in response to women’s choice, inequalities in health and social exclusion.
 

Professor Tony Franks - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts

Professor Tony Franks was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts in recognition of Tony’s scholarly contribution to education and practice.
 

Ron Dutton – Honorary Fellowship

Ron is an internationally-recognised sculptor and medallist, and is at the forefront of medal design in Britain. Formerly head of sculpture at the former Wolverhampton Polytechnic, Ron was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his eminence as a medallist of international renown and for his enthusiastic advocacy of his craft.
 

Ian Harvey - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Intellectual property guru Ian Harvey is currently the Chairman of The Intellectual Property Institute, a position which he has held since 1999. He was Chief Executive Officer of BTG plc from 1985 until his retirement in late 2004. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws is conferred upon Ian in recognition of his eminence in the area of Intellectual Property rights and laws.

Neville Clements FCMI - Honorary Degree of Master of Technology

Neville Clements has for many years been actively involved with the National Federation of Builders at local level (Past President) and is currently Chairman of the Wolverhampton Building Safety Group and also the Industry Steering Group to the Learning and Skills Council. The award of an Honorary Degree of Master of Technology is conferred in recognition of Neville’s pre-eminent role as a champion of construction excellence and innovation, particularly amongst Black Country Small and Medium sized enterprises.
 

Geoff Armstrong CBE - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration

Geoff Armstrong is Director General of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), one of the country's most established and respected professional organisations. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration is conferred in recognition of Geoff’s contribution to human resources development and his leadership of the CIPD.
 

Dr J Roger Hargreaves - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration

Dr J Roger Hargreaves is currently the Managing Director of Ricoh UK Products Ltd. Outside Ricoh, Roger devotes a lot of energy on education and local development. He served over three years as President of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, was founding director of the Confederation of West Midlands Chambers of Commerce, and founder member and later director of West Midlands Business Council. The award of an Honorary Degree of Business Administration is conferred upon Roger in recognition of his pre-eminent role in forging links between education and business.
 

Sir Digby Jones - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration

Sir Digby Jones is a corporate lawyer by background and currently holds a number of senior corporate advisory positions; Senior Advisor to Barclays Capital, Chairman of the Deloitte Industries Group, Advisor to JCB, Member of the Advisory Board of Aggregate Industries and Chairman of the Cancer Research UK corporate Board. He is also a Fellow of UNICEF. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration is conferred in recognition of Sir Digby’s contribution regionally in corporate law and finance as well as representing British business nationally and internationally.
 

Alan Wells OBE - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education

Alan was born and grew up in East London. In 1973 he became the first full time adult literacy organiser in the UK in Birmingham,. He was one of the members of the small influential national campaigning group for Government action on adult literacy in the mid 1970s, and has been Director of the Basic Skills Agency since 1978. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education is conferred in recognition of Alan’s outstanding contribution in the field of Education generally, and the promotion of Basic Skills in particular.
 

Susan Williamson - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education

Sue Williamson is Director of Leadership and Affiliation at the Specialist School and Academies Trust. She joined the Trust in April 2002 and has played a leading role in its development and expansion. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education is conferred upon Sue in recognition of her considerable contribution in engendering school improvement nationally.
 

Mike Gibbons - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education

Mike Gibbons is currently the Lead Director of the Innovation Unit at The Department of Education and Skills. He joined the newly formed Innovation Unit in 2002 as its first Lead Director. The unit exists to encourage innovation throughout our education system and is especially focussed on encouraging innovative thinking by schools and teachers. He speaks extensively on education issues in the UK and abroad. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education is conferred in recognition of Mike’s contribution both regionally and nationally in promoting innovation in education.
 

Keith Trueman - Honorary Fellowship

Upon leaving school in 1962 Keith joined the Wolverhampton Borough Police (now part of the West Midlands Police) as a Cadet. During the following three-year period he spent an extended period with the Fingerprint and Photographic department (now called the Scenes of Crime Department – SOCO). Keith remained with SOCO and was promoted through the ranks until be became the Chief Inspector in charge of both SOCO and the Fingerprint Enhancement Unit. The award of an Honorary Fellowship is conferred in recognition of Keith’s invaluable contribution to this University in establishing the new Forensic Science awards.
 

Frances Barber - Honorary Fellowship

Frances Barber was born and brought up in Wolverhampton, and has had a long and distinguished career in acting. She has played opposite some of the most distinguished actors of this generation including Michael Caine, Judi Dench and Ben Kingsley. The award of an Honorary Fellowship is conferred in recognition of Frances’ considerable contribution in the Theatrical Arts and as a supporter of the University’s School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure.
 

Professor Peter Radford - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Born in Walsall, Peter began athletics as a schoolboy and trained at Aldersley Stadium. By the age of 18 had become a sprinter, breaking all British sprint records. By 24 he had set 44 British or UK national records, 10 Commonwealth records, eight European records, and five World records. H also collected Olympic, European and Commonwealth medals. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science is conferred in recognition of Peter’s considerable contribution in the area of Sports Science.
 

Saurbh Srivastava - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology

Mr Saurabh Srivastava is one of India’s leading IT entrepreneurs, Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists and chairs or sites on the board of several companies. He founded one of India’s most trendsetting IT companies, IIS Infotech (now called Xansa). The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology is conferred in recognition of Saurabh’s significant inspirational and distinguished contribution to the information technology industry.
 

Jonathan Coe - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. He received his BA from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1983, and a PhD in English Literature from Warwick University in 1986. His novel The Rotters’ Club was serialised by BBC television in 2005, and in the same year, his biography of the experimental novelist B S Johnson won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters is conferred in recognition of Jonathan’s distinguished, regional contribution as a contemporary novelist.
 

Benjamin Zephaniah - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’. Benjamin’s voice is known throughout the world and he was released several records. He has written plays for radio, TV and theatre including Dread Poets Society (BBC TV). He is the only living person, who is not royalty, that has a hospital ward named after him - namely the Benjamin Zephaniah Ward in Ealing Hospital, London. The award of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters is conferred in recognition of Benjamin’s outstanding contribution as a Poet, Novelist and Playwright.
 

Dennis Turner, Lord Bilston of Bilston - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Dennis was elected to Wolverhampton Borough Council in 1966. He became Chairman of Social service in 1973. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Education Committee and chaired the Further Education Committee, which included the policy and administration of the former Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now University). Dennis Turner was elected as Labour/Co-operative Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South East in 1987. He served on the Education Select Committee from 1988-1994 and was chairman of the House of Commons Catering Committee from 1997-2005. He was an Opposition Whip from 1992-1997 and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Clare Short, the Secretary of State for International Development from 1997-2003. The award of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters is conferred in recognition of the Lord Bilston’s distinguished service to the people of Wolverhampton.