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Issue no 487, 27 January 2003
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Arts, architecture and athletics honoured in 2003


The birth of Fiona May’s first child prevented her from collecting her honorary degree last year, but she will join singer Lesley Garrett, writer Caryl Phillips and engineer Professor Anthony Hunt in receiving the award from University Chancellor Lord Bragg on 16 July 2003.

Lesley GarrettInternationally renowned soprano Lesley Garrett grew up in Yorkshire and is one of the UK’s most popular performers. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and made her official stage début with the National Opera Studio in 1980. A member of the English National Opera since 1984, she was awarded a CBE in 2002 for her services to music. Lesley will be awarded a Doctor of Music.


Professor Anthony HuntProfessor Anthony Hunt engineered the striking architecture of the Eden Project in Cornwall and the international terminal at Waterloo station. Trained at Westminster Technology College, and a chartered engineer, he has been described as ‘first and foremost a designer’ and has worked on some of the iconic buildings which have shaped British architecture. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.



Caryl PhillipsWriter Caryl Phillips is best known for his novels including The Final Passage and Crossing the River which was shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize. A prolific essay writer and active editor, he has also written plays, radio and television scripts and, more recently, screenplays such as his recent adaptation of VS Naipaul’s The Mystic Masseur for film producer Ismail Merchant. Born on St Kitts and now based in New York, much of his work is concerned with the impact of exile on the culture and psyche of the West Indies and the important role which Caribbean migration plays in British history and identity. He will be presented with a Doctor of Letters by the University.


Fiona MayLong-jump athlete Fiona May is a University of Leeds graduate, gaining her degree in 1992 from Trinity and All Saints College. By the age of 14, she was competing as a junior for England and was already an established international athlete when she came to Leeds. Despite the demands of undergraduate study, Fiona’s sporting achievements continued during her time as a student. winning bronze in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in her first year, and representing Britain in the Olympics in her graduation year. She moved to Italy after her marriage to the Italian pole-vaulter and long-jumper Gianni Iapichino, who is also her coach and has competed for the country since 1994, winning gold in the 1995 and 2001 world athletics, and silver in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She will be honoured by the University as a Doctor of Laws.

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