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.