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Honorary Graduates — July 2014

Wednesday 16 July

Diana Chambers — Doctor of Education

Diana Chambers became Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bradford in August 2007 and was Deputy Chair of Council until she retired in 2013. Diana served as a member of University Council over the last 15 years. She has dedicated her life to teaching, both in secondary and further education, and was Head at Skipton Girls’ High School for 15 years. Since retirement, she has continued her work as an educational consultant as well as chairing the Diocesan Board of Education for 10 years.

Jacqueline Ann Gerrard — Doctor of the University

Jacqueline Gerrard is the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for England, where she is able to help shape national midwifery policy in the NHS. Jacqueline started her career in Bradford, working in Bradford Hospitals as well as completing her MSc with the University of Bradford. Jacqueline’s work with the RCM is vital for supporting midwives and allowing them to continue to provide quality care, communicating their needs to a number of key stakeholders, such as No 10 Downing Street.


Thursday 17 July

Hannah Cockroft MBE — Doctor of the University

Hannah has overcome severe physical disability after suffering two cardiac arrests directly after birth. Her parents were told she would never be able to lead an independent life. This only served to motivate Hannah, leading to her competing at the London 2012 Paralympics and winning two gold medals. She currently holds the Paralympic and world records for the 100m and 200m T34 classifications. For her services to athletics, Hannah was awarded an MBE in 2013.

Mark Fletcher — Doctor of Engineering

Mark currently leads the Global Water Business in Arup. He has previously served as Honorary Visiting Professor the University of Bradford in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development from 2009-12. Mark was the Project Director for the Bradford City Park, the largest water feature built of its kind in the UK. The park directly benefits the local community and unlocks massive potential for Bradford.


Friday 18 July

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE — Doctor of Science

Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a professor of physics, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey where he currently teaches and carries out research. He is a respected scientist and has written a number of popular science books, between them translated into over twenty languages. He has dedicated himself to increasing interest in science through his television documentaries, such as the BAFTA-nominated 'Chemistry: A Volatile History', and his weekly BBC Radio 4 program 'The Life Scientific'.

Dean Royles — Doctor of the University

Dean Royles was appointed as Chief Executive for NHS Employers in December 2010. Dean has continuously spoken out against domestic violence, and became the first male business champion for the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence. He has tirelessly worked to help improve employer support and understanding of domestic violence victims, and was voted HR’s Most Influential Practitioner in 2012 and 2013.

Orla Guerin MBE — Doctor of the University

Orla Guerin is an international correspondent for the BBC, joining the corporation in 1995. Most notably, Orla was the BBC correspondent for southern Europe during the Kosovo conflict. She put her life in danger to provide unbiased reporting to the world about the crisis, which led to her expulsion from the regional capital, Pristina, by Serb forces. This did not stop her, as she continued to report on the crisis from Macedonia, letting the world know about the struggles faced by thousands of refugees forced to flee the area.

Alex Brummer — Doctor of the University

Alex Brummer is one of the UK’s leading financial journalists and commentators. After a long and successful period at the Guardian he moved to be City Editor at the Daily Mail in 2000, where he contributes with a daily finance column. He is well regarded throughout the writing community, having won internationally renowned prizes both as a foreign correspondent and economics writer. He has also written several books, including his latest title 'Britain for Sale' (2012).