TV star Suzi Perry has received an Honorary Fellowship
from the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of her charity
work and as a positive role model, bringing science to a mass
born in the city and an early job was as a lighting technician at
the Grand Theatre, where she was presented with her award on
She went on to study business studies and finance at what was
then Wolverhampton Polytechnic but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
took her to Japan before her course ended.
On receiving her honour, she said she was thrilled, excited and
that it was a moment she wanted to savour.
She added: “For the last 18 years I have had a recurring
nightmare – once or twice a year – that I’m sitting in Compton
Campus waiting for my final exam. I look down, read the question
and realise that I haven’t got a clue what the answer is because I
haven’t done my degree.
“I hope that after today that nightmare will end. This is such
an amazing honour for me and I can’t believe this is
Suzi is well known for her sports presentation, reporting on a
range of different sport, but most notable the MotoGP for the BBC.
She was the world’s first female presenter for motorcycle racing
and has also presented coverage of Wimbledon, The London Marathon,
Royal Ascot, and the Olympic Games.
Presenting The Gadget Show, on Channel 5 has broadened Suzi’s
recognition. The weekly science and technology programme has
brought science to a new generation.
Conferring the award, Dr Derek Walton, of he University’s School
of Applied Sciences, said: “This is the first part of Suzi’s life
we wish to honour: the positive role model for her journalistic
work and in bringing the important subjects of science and
technology to a mass audience.
“The second part of Suzi’s life we wish to honour is for her
In 2006, Suzi appeared as a celebrity showjumper in the BBC's
Sport Relief event Only Fools on Horses. As she was voted off the
show she revealed that she had fallen off her horse no less than 12
times, including a first fall onto her head and neck. She is a
patron of Wolverhampton charity Promise Dreams and an ambassador
for UK Youth.
Suzi congratulated graduates and urged them to take part in the
next Run for Dreams fun run, which will take place in Wolverhampton
on October 11. Application forms can be downloaded from either
Suzi's own site www.suziperry.com.
For more information please contact Emma Kilvert in the Media
Relations Office on 01902 322003.
Date issued: Thursday 10 September
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