11 June, 2008 – University of Bolton annouces Honorary Awards recipients
Dr George Holmes, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, is to present six honorary awards at this summer's degree congregation ceremonies later this month.
They will share in the celebrations of hundreds of graduating students who receive their academic awards during two days of celebrations in the town and on campus.
The Vice Chancellor will confer the honorary awards during the university’s four degree congregation ceremonies that take place on Thursday June 26 and Friday June 27 at the Victoria Hall in Bolton.
Those receiving honorary doctorates will be engineer David Ball, composer Howard Goodall, editor-in-chief of the Independent newspaper Simon Kelner and artist Stass Paraskos.
Mathaka Mmapatsi will receive an alumni fellowship and Bruce Cain an honorary master’s degree.
Degree Congregation 1 – Thursday 26 June at 10.30am Howard Goodall (Honorary Doctorate)
A composer/musician, best known for composing a number of television themes including Blackadder and the Vicar of Dibley, Howard Goodall also composed the television score for The Gathering Storm (2003) which received a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Score. He composed a new work for the Bolton Smithills School Senior Band to launch the new Special Performing Arts College status of the school
Stass Paraskos (Honorary Doctorate)
Stass Paraskos is an internationally known artist, born in Cyprus where he established a School of Art, although much of his life has been spent teaching and working in England. He has an international reputation as an educator and has exhibited widely, including Cyprus, Britain, Greece, the USA, Brazil, India and Denmark.
Degree Congregation 2 – Thursday 26 June at 2.30pm
Simon Kelner (Honorary Doctorate)
Editor-in-chief of the Independent since 1998, Simon Kelner began career as trainee reporter for the Neath Guardian (1976-9) and sports reporter for Extel (1979-80). Sports editor of The Independent (1986-9) and features editor (1995-6). Editor of Night and Day Magazine, Mail on Sunday (1996-8). Editor of the Year, What the Papers Say Awards (1999).
Degree Congregation 3 – Friday 27 June at 10.30am
Mathaka Mmapatsi (Alumni Fellowship)
A Bolton alumnus, Mathaka Mmapatsi has a high-level position with the Training Agency in Botswana and still works closely with the university. He is recognised as the leading expert by the Botswana Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs on skills development issues.
Degree Congregation 4 – Friday 27 June 2008, 2.30pm
David Ball (Honorary Doctorate)
David Ball has worked closely with the University on joint projects over a number of years. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE). A Bolton man, he was also a leader of manufacturing companies in Bolton for some 22 years, including Managing Director of Webster Drives Ltd and the Managing Director of Rotocld Ltd both of Bolton. He is currently the Chairman of the Greater Manchester Area of the IMechE, and the Chairman of the Power Industries Division North West Centre of the IMechE.
Bruce Cain (Honorary Master’s)
Bruce Cain has worked with the University for 17 years as Director of Human Resources and will be awarded an honorary master’s for services to the university, marking his retirement.
Source: University of Bolton press release