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Honorary graduates celebrated at annual lunch


Leading lights from the worlds of sport, health, and animal behaviour were honoured at a special University of Wolverhampton event.

A celebration lunch was hosted for honorary graduates by the University’s Chancellor, the Rt Hon Lord Paul of Marylebone PC.

Experts from areas such as engineering, business, education, faith and the arts attended the event at the University’s Telford Innovation Campus on Friday, 21 June 2019.


Honorary graduates receive awards from the University for making an outstanding contribution to the local area or their professional field.

Attendees included marathon legend ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley, herpetologist and University Professor Mark O’Shea, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust David Loughton CBE, and karate teacher Dr Josh Johnson, who was awarded an MBE earlier this month.


University Chancellor, the Rt Hon Lord Paul of Marylebone, said: “We value our honorary graduates. They are very supportive of what we do and are an inspiration to our students. They are ambassadors for the University, so it was a pleasure to welcome them to this celebration.”

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “Our honorary graduates are an important part of our diverse community, providing significant inspiration to our students, presenting guest lectures and acting as mentors. As we continue to invest in improving our learning environment across our campuses, including providing new nursing facilities at our Telford Campus, this event allowed us to share our successes and thank our honorary graduates for being part of our story.” 

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Date Issued: Monday, 24 June 2019

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