Reporter 448, 6 March 2000

Honorary degrees to be conferred upon distinguished six

The ceremony to install Melvyn Bragg as the University’s new Chancellor will also provide the opportunity to confer honorary degrees upon Lord Bragg and five other distinguished people with links to the region, who are to be recognised for outstanding contributions in their field.

New Chancellor - Melvyn Bragg

Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell CBE first rose to prominence as a PhD student when she discovered the first pulsars, or neutron stars. Born in Belfast and schooled in York, she has been professor of physics at the Open University since 1991. Professor Bell Burnell received the prestigious Michelson Medal in 1973 and the Herschel Medal in 1989, and describes herself as ‘a promoter of women in science in the UK.’

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Historian Lord Alan Bullock was brought up in Bradford. He became the founding Master of St Catherine’s College, Oxford and then Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1969-73. Lord Bullock’s biographies of Adolf Hitler and Ernest Bevin are internationally-renowned.

Alan Bullock

As artistic director and chief executive of the West Yorkshire Playhouse since 1993, Jude Kelly OBE has forged one of the country’s most dynamic and successful provincial theatres. She is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education, and was awarded an OBE for her lifelong contribution to the performing arts in 1997.

Jude Kelly

Robert Ogden CBE is the owner and founder of the Ogden Group of companies. He is a generous benefactor of charities throughout Yorkshire and recently established a scholarships scheme to encourage students from local communities to take A levels and pursue their studies at the University.

Robert Ogden

With 14 years of distinguished service as University Pro-Chancellor, Colonel Alan Roberts MBE also has an eminent medical and military career. He is professor of biomaterials in surgery at the University of Hull and consultant clinical scientist at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford.

Alan Roberts

The installation of Lord Bragg will take place on 8 June 2000 in the University’s Great Hall. All University members are welcome but admission is by ticket only. For tickets contact Helen Pickersgill in the Secretariat on ext 4036,

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