27 January 2006
The University of Hull awards
Honorary Degrees for Inspirational Achievements
University of Hull has conferred Honorary Degrees on a selection of
inspirational and remarkable figures at this week’s ceremonies.
Honorary Degrees will be awarded to Dame Tanni-Grey Thompson,
DBE, Mr John Hurt, CBE, Mr Ian Rankin, OBE and The Rt. Hon. The
Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE. 1500 students have also received
Professor David Drewry, Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Hull said: “This was an excellent opportunity for the University to
show its support and admiration for those who have made outstanding
achievements through talent and commitment.”
“It also gave our students the chance to receive their degree
alongside eminent figures, demonstrating our commitment to offering
a high quality learning experience.”
“Each year we award Honorary Degrees to individuals who have
shown exceptional dedication, not only to acknowledge and celebrate
their success but also to provide our students with inspirational
role models, prompting further the determination to succeed and
Gold medal winner paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson was
selected as an inspiration to others for her extraordinary
achievements as a disabled athlete. She received an Honorary Doctor
of Science Degree.
Born with Spina Bifida, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson has represented
Great Britain since 1997, winning the Marathon on numerous
occasions and breaking over 20 world records. Dame Tanni’s
accomplishments are relevant to the important developments taking
place within the University in the field of Sport and Health and
through HYMS (the Hull York Medial School).
One of Britain’s most esteemed actors, having appeared in over
60 films, Mr John Hurt received an Honorary Doctor of Letters
Before becoming a renowned actor, John Hurt lived and studied at
Grimsby Art School. He has appeared in a host of films such as King
Ralf, The Naked Civil Servant, The Elephant Man, Midnight Express,
Lost Souls and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
John Hurt has won numerous awards including a BAFTA Film Award,
Golden Globe and an International Film Fantasy Award for his many
film performances. In addition, he has received many Oscar and
BAFTA nominations throughout his career.
Bestselling crime writer Ian James Rankin received an Honorary
Doctor of Letters Degree for his achievements as an outstanding and
Knots and Crosses (1987) was the first in a series of novels
featuring Inspector John Rebus. Among the range of universally
praised Rebus novels are Fleshmarket Close, A Question of Blood,
The Falls and Hide and Seek.
Ian Rankin is also the author of three novels including Blood
Hunt, Bleeding Hearts and Witch Hunt, originally published under
the pseudonym Jack Harvey.
In 2004, The Rt. Hon. Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, was the first
woman to be appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (Law Lord). She
received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.
Baroness Hale is a highly
distinguished family lawyer, who originates from Yorkshire. She is
highly regarded internationally for her scholarship and published
work in Family Law and Mental Health, she has led a number of
seminal reforms in the fields of health and criminal law and in
particular the Commission’s family law work which led to the
enactment of the Children Act 1989.