Rudimental Coronation Street boss and Leeds United legend among Leeds Met honoraries
The Graduation ceremonies and celebrations will take place from Monday 21 to Friday 25 July at the University's Headingley Campus.
Honorary awards will also be conferred upon one of the world's foremost authorities on corporate governance, reporting and sustainability, Senior Counsel and former Judge of the High Court of South Africa, Professor Mervyn King; mosque leader, Qari Asim, who has worked tirelessly to build bridges between communities in Leeds since the 7/7 terror attacks; sustainable events expert and three-times Managing Director, Fiona Pelham, who heads up the companies, Positive Impact, Sustainable Events Ltd and Organise This; former professional road-racing cyclist and national champion, Sid Barras, and Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Chief Executive of Halifax's National Children's Museum, Eureka!.
Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, who graduated from Leeds Met in 2008 from BSc (Hons) Creative Music and Sound Technology, make up half of the group Rudimental. They shot to fame in 2012 when their single Feel the Love topped the UK charts. Last year their album Home, which features a string of stars including John Newman and Emeli Sandé, debuted at number one in the charts, and in February this year, the band won their first BRIT award for Best British Single for their track Waiting All Night.
Producer, Stuart Blackburn is at the helm of Britain's longest-running and arguably best-loved soap opera, Coronation Street. He took up the position last year, following a two-year term as Producer of Emmerdale. At Corrie, Stuart - who lives in Leeds and commutes to the UK's most famous fictional street - has been responsible for reams of headline-grabbing screen action, including the controversial storylines surrounding the departure of much-loved characters, Hayley Cropper and Tina McIntyre.
Leeds United legend, Eddie Gray MBE, was both player and manager at the club, and had an illustrious 20-year career there. He made 561 appearances and scored 68 goals from his position as winger and was never booked in his entire playing career.
Leeds Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan Price, said: "We are delighted to recognise such a wide variety of individuals who have made a significant contribution to their field and are each an inspiration to our students and graduates. This summer's awards are varied, with key people from a range of backgrounds including business, arts, law, sport and the music and entertainment industry. We are very much looking forward to welcoming them to our Headingley Campus to celebrate with us as we recognise the achievements of our graduating students."
The full list of honorary degrees to be awarded by Leeds Metropolitan University is:
Monday 21 July, 11am - Judge Mervyn King, Hon Doctorate of Laws
Monday 21 July, 5pm - Nigel McClea, Hon Doctorate of Business Administration
Tuesday 22 July, 11am - Qari Asim, Hon Doctorate of Laws
Tuesday 22 July, 2pm - Hanif Malik, Hon Doctorate of the University
Tuesday 22 July, 5pm - Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Hon Doctorate of Education
Tuesday 22 July, 5pm - Harbans Singh Sagoo, Hon Doctorate of the University
Wednesday 23 July, 11am - Charlotte Harris, Hon Doctorate of Arts
Wednesday 23 July, 2pm - Kevin Grady, Hon Doctorate of Arts
Wednesday 23 July, 5pm - Mark Ridgway OBE, Hon Doctorate of Technology
Thursday 24 July, 11am - Piers Aggett, Hon Masters of Music
Thursday 24 July, 11am - Kesi Dryden, Hon Masters of Music
Thursday 24 July, 2pm - Mark Herman, Hon Doctorate of Arts
Friday 25 July, 11am - Sid Barras, Hon Doctorate of Sport Science
Friday 25 July, 11am - Edwin (Eddie) Gray, Hon Doctorate of Sport Science
Friday 25 July, 2pm - Fiona Pelham, Hon Doctorate of Business Administration
Friday 25 July, 5pm - Stuart Blackburn, Hon Doctorate of Literature
Friday 25 July, 5pm - Noviendi Makalam, Hon Doctorate of Business Administration
. Judge Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the High Court of South Africa and one of the world's foremost authorities on corporate governance, reporting and sustainability. He is the past chairman of the United Nations Steering Committee of Eminent Persons, who reviewed the governance and oversight within the United Nations, its funds, programmes and specialised agencies and the Global Reporting Initiative.
. Nigel McClea is a former property lawyer who has led on some of Yorkshire's largest property projects including the Royal Armouries Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre.
. Qari Asim is a Leeds mosque leader, who has worked tirelessly to build bridges between communities in Leeds since the 7/7 terror attacks.
. Hanif Malik is Chief Executive and founder of the Hamara Healthy Living Centre - the largest ethnic minority organisation in the voluntary and community sector in Leeds.
. Leigh-Anne Stradeski is the Chief Executive of Halifax's National Children's Museum, Eureka! She is a highly respected voice on the issues regarding museum development, informal play-based learning and wider issues regarding the importance of play within child development.
. Harbans Singh Sagoo is Chairman of the Leeds Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and champion of the city's Sikh community. He has played a major part in supporting Sikhs in South Leeds to be a part of mainstream society.
. Charlotte Harris is an award-winning artist and Leeds Metropolitan graduate, whose work is featured in the collection of London's National Portrait Gallery.
. Kevin Grady is a leading historian and Chief Executive of Leeds Civic Trust. Dubbed the 'architectural heritage watchdog' for Leeds by the local press, over the last 25 years he has transformed Leeds Civic Trust into one the country's leading Civic Societies.
. Mark Ridgway is a businessman and Managing Director at the helm of the Wakefield-based organisation Group Rhodes, who oversees the group's seven engineering companies.
. Piers Aggett & Kesi Dryden make up half of the chart-topping and BRIT award-winning group Rudimental. They graduated from Leeds Met in 2008 from BSc (Hons) Creative Music and Sound Technology.
. Mark Herman is the director of critically-acclaimed films, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Brassed Off. He is a former film student of the University's predecessor institution, Leeds Polytechnic.
. Sid Barras is a British road-racing legend, who had 200 wins in his 18 years as a professional, including the 1979 double of British National Road Race Champion and British National Circuit Race Champion.
. Eddie Gray MBE is a Leeds United legend who was both a player and manager at the club.
. Fiona Pelham is an events expert and three times Managing Director of companies Positive Impact, Sustainable Events Ltd and Organise This.
. Stuart Blackburn is at the helm of Britain's longest-running and arguably best-loved soap opera, Coronation Street as Producer, following a two-year term as Producer of Emmerdale.
. Noviendi Makalam is Director of International Cooperations at Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. He is a member of specialist teams that have produced the Indonesian Tourism Strategic Plan 2010-2014.\n