Musical lyricist, rugby World Cup winner and TV’s Restoration Man to receive Leeds Beckett honours
Emily, part of the victorious England side who triumphed at the 2014 World Cup, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science by Leeds Beckett, where she studied BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. Speaking ahead of the ceremony she said: “I am extremely honoured to receive such an accolade. Leeds Beckett played a huge part in my own personal and sporting development and so to be recognised by them in this way is a huge privilege. I am very much looking forward to the day and to sharing it with so many others celebrating their success.”
Speaking about the range of awards to be awarded, Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, added: “Our honorary degrees recognise and celebrate a variety of individuals who have made significant contributions to their field and who are a source of inspiration to our students and graduates. This year’s awards are no exception, as we welcome a host of highly-respected figures from business, law, sport, health and the arts to our Headingley Campus, joining us in celebrating the achievements of our graduating students.”
Multi-award-winning British lyricist Sir Tim Rice will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts, as will Architect, writer, lecturer and TV presenter George Clarke. Sir Gary Verity, who brought the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France to Yorkshire and was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration.
Sir Gary Verity pictured outside the Welcome to Yorkshire offices in Leeds
Sir Gary added: “I am extremely proud of what our city and county have achieved in recent times, and to have played some part in that success has been a privilege. Leeds and Yorkshire are now destinations well and truly on the world map, thanks in part to the Tour de France last year, and the Tour de Yorkshire this year, and I am confident that momentum can continue for many decades to come. And as a Leeds lad born-and-bred, to be given this recognition by Leeds Beckett University is a real honour.”
David Lascelles, the eighth Earl of Harewood, pictured in the Himalayan Gardens at Harewood House
Also receiving honorary degrees will be David Lascelles, the eighth Earl of Harewood; Martin Dalby, Chief Executive of Center Parcs; Bryony Simpson, former Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists; Dirk Mischendahl, well-known businessman and CEO of The Tetley; Alan Baker, the former President of Leeds Law Society; Ros Moore, former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland; John Walsh, Support Manager of the York Street Health Practice in Leeds and Sundra Rajoo, Director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration in Malaysia.
Martin Dalby, Chief Executive of Centre Parcs, pictured at Sherwood Forest Center Parcs
The graduation ceremonies will take place at the University’s Headingley Campus between Monday 20 and Friday 24 July where the honorary award recipients will join around 5,000 students graduating from Leeds Beckett University this year.
The full list of honorary degrees to be awarded by Leeds Beckett University is:
- Monday 20 July, 2pm – Bryony Simpson, Hon Doctorate of the University
- Monday 20 July, 2pm – John Walsh, Hon Doctorate of the University
- Monday 20 July, 5pm – Ros Moore, Hon Doctorate of the University
- Tuesday 21 July, 2pm – Dirk Mischendahl, Hon Doctorate of Business Administration
- Tuesday 21 July, 5pm – Alan Baker, Hon Doctorate of Laws
- Wednesday 22 July, 11am – Emily Scarratt, Hon Doctorate of Sport Science
- Wednesday 22 July, 2pm – Martin Dalby, Hon Doctorate of Business Administration
- Wednesday 22 July, 5pm – Sir Gary Verity, Hon Doctorate of Business Administration
- Thursday 23 July, 2pm – Sundra Rajoo, Hon Doctorate of Laws
- Thursday 23 July, 5pm – David Lascelles, Hon Doctorate of Arts
- Friday 24 July, 11am – Sir Tim Rice, Hon Doctorate of Arts
- Friday 24 July, 2pm – George Clarke, Hon Doctorate of Arts