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Honorary Graduates - December 2013

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Steven Frayne

Steven Frayne, better known by his stage name Dynamo, will be made a Doctor of the University, receiving an honorary degree for his commitment to improving the opportunities for young people through education and pastimes, his continuous support for the city of Bradford and his long-standing services to charity.

One of the world's leading magicians, Steven got his first break with support from the Prince’s Trust, and he has since been a long-standing supporter of the charity. He has been a great ambassador for Bradford and has used his media profile to promote and fundraise for a multitude of charitable activities including Teenage Cancer Trust, Comic Relief, Sport Relief and Children in Need.

Born in Bradford in 1982, Steven has never forgotten his roots, or the city that made him. Conscious to keep Bradford in his heart throughout his career, Steven also endeavours to support youngsters who are disadvantaged and miss out on opportunities in life. As an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, Steven strives to help those less fortunate and who require extra help to get what they can from education and support within their community.

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Rt Revd Nick Baines

The Right Reverend Nick Baines will be made a Doctor of the University, receiving an honorary degree for his contribution to the University and to the city of Bradford.

Born in 1957, Reverend Baines was educated at Holt Comprehensive School, Liverpool, before attending the University of Bradford and achieving a BA (Hons) degree in German and French; as an alumnus Reverend Baines has continuously supported the University.

Reverend Baines’ extensive career sees him develop from Assistant Curate at St Thomas' Kendal and St Catherine's Crook to Vicar of Rothley; Archdeacon of Lambeth to Bishop of Croydon, before relocating back to his student home of Bradford. The diocesan Anglican Bishop became the Bishop of Bradford in May 2011.

As an experienced broadcaster, Reverend Baines has regularly appeared on Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2, twice received a commendation in the Andrew Cross Awards for religious broadcasting and chairs the Sandford St Martin Trust, which promotes excellence in broadcasting that grapples with religious, ethical and moral concerns.

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Thursday 5 December 2013

Demeke Mekonnen

Demeke Mekonnen will be made a Doctor of Education, receiving an honorary degree for improving access to education in Ethiopia over the last five years.

Demeke first took part in the national election held in 1995, and won a seat in the Amhara Regional Council, where he was appointed general secretary. In the middle of his term, Demeke travelled to the University of Bradford to begin his postgraduate studies in conflict management.

In 2003, Demeke graduated from Peace Studies and since then has gone on to hold high office in his homeland of Ethiopia. During his tenure as Minister of Education, and in his current position of Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Demeke has overseen a rapid and significant transformation in education policy, enabling the establishment of new universities as well as increased government spending on education.

Under his leadership, primary school enrolments have increased by 500%; furthermore 25% of all Ethiopians have access to either school or university education.

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