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Honorary graduates - summer 2015

Each year, Hull students graduate alongside remarkable individuals who are recognised for their contributions in a range of fields and activities.

Honorary doctoral degrees credit exceptional and outstanding personal achievement, stature and distinction. A continuing relationship with the University is expected and that hongrads will act as ambassadors, promoting its image and interests.

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  1. Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell– Ceremony 6 »

    • Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell BurnellDoctor of Science, honoris causa
      Wednesday 15 July 2013, 10.30am

      Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy at Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics – work recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor.

      She has subsequently worked in various roles in many branches of astronomy, working part-time while raising a family. She is much in demand as a speaker and broadcaster and is now a Visiting Professor at Oxford and a Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She has been President of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Institute of Physics and is now the (first female) President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – Scotland’s National Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

      In her spare time she gardens, listens to choral music and is active in the Quakers. She has co-edited an anthology of poetry with an astronomical theme – Dark Matter; Poems of Space.

  2. Dr Colin Bannister – Ceremony 7 »

    •  dr colin bannisterDoctor of Science, honoris causa
      Wednesday 15 July 2014, 1.30pm

      Colin Bannister was born in Cheshire but later moved to Hull, matriculating from Hull Grammar School in 1961. After graduating with Honours in Zoology from Reading in 1964, he joined the MAFF (now CEFAS) Lowestoft Laboratory as a government fisheries scientist.

      Initially he studied Icelandic and North Sea finfish stocks, obtaining a PhD from the University of East Anglia in 1971, and witnessing the Cod Wars. In 1975–76 he gave specialist advice in Brussels during early development of the EU Common Fisheries Policy. From 1981 he headed a Lowestoft team developing shellfisheries management studies, including pioneer lobster enhancement experiments off Holderness, and chaired related international science committees. In 1999 he received the Shellfish Association Walne Medal. Between 2001 and 2004 Colin was the senior CEFAS scientist responsible for the finfish assessment portfolio, and for advising DEFRA and industry on stock recovery regimes.

      Although retired, Colin remains active professionally. He undertakes fisheries accreditations, lectures on fisheries science and climate change, is a Buckland Foundation Trustee, Honorary Advisor and Chairman of the Shellfish Association, and a CEFAS Emeritus Fellow. In 2014 he received the Le Cren Medal of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles for his roles as a communicator and advisor.

  3. Dr Angel Borja – Ceremony 8 »

    • Dr Angel BorjaDoctor of Science, honoris causa
      Wednesday July 2015, 4.30pm

      Angel Borja was born in San Sebastian (Spain). He studied Biology, obtaining a PhD in Marine Ecology in 1984 from the University of the Basque Country.

      His first job was teaching biology at this University, before moving to AZTI, a private research foundation, where he has been Head of the Department of Oceanography, Head of the Marine Environment Area, and now is Principal Investigator. His main work is making marine ecology research useful for policy-makers and managers, studying the effects of human activities on marine ecosystems, monitoring of marine waters and recovery after impact, and developing methodologies to assess the marine status under European directives, which are used worldwide. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency since 2012. He is the author of more than 165 peer reviewed papers and Editor and member of the editorial boards of seven international journals. His work is referenced in around 70 international journals and project evaluation agencies.

      He is a member of various different scientific associations (ASLO, CERF, ECSA), serving as chair at numerous international conferences. He has participated in more than 100 European and international projects, and is currently the coordinator of the EU 7th FP project DEVOTES (Development Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status).

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