Date: 5th Apr 2016
Comedian Jo Brand and former Doctor Who star Colin Baker are among a host of well-known figures set to receive honorary awards during Buckinghamshire New University's graduation week, from 7-11 September.
Brand and Baker, who lives near High Wycombe, will join around 1,500 graduating students and other honorary graduates in being recognised during the week of ceremonies at the Wycombe Swan Theatre, in High Wycombe.
Brand will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate on Friday 11 September in recognition of her career which spans a variety of the subjects taught at Bucks New University, specifically performance and mental health nursing.
The BAFTA Award-winning star started her career as a psychiatric nurse, working first at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, Kent, and later as Senior Charge Nurse leading the Emergency Clinic Nurse Team at the Maudsley Hospital in London.
Today, she is a regular panel member on QI, guest chairs Have I Got News for You and has brought delight to the nation presenting The Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice.
Mr Baker, who played Doctor Who from 1984-1986, will also receive an Honorary Doctorate, on Monday 7 September. He is being recognised for his international standing, local profile and links to the University's course portfolio.
Other honorary recipients this year include Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer, who receive Honorary Degrees; former Football Association Chief Executive Brian Barwick, who has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate; and an Honorary Doctorate is also being bestowed on acclaimed science presenter, journalist and executive producer Michael Mosley, who presents the BBC Two health series Trust Me, I'm a Doctor and is a regular presenter on Horizon.
Further honorary recipients include Antony Bellekom, a former Managing Editor for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, who is also a member of the University Council; the University's former Vice-Chancellor Professor Ruth Farwell receives an Emeritus Professorship, as does former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Derek Godfrey; and Prof Alison Shreeve, former Head of School for Art & Design.
Former Bucks New University Council member Ian Hillan receives an Honorary Fellowship; as does Professor David Rye, a leading health education expert. Businessman Simon Opie will also receive an Honorary Fellowship.
Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor of Bucks New University, said: "We are proud and honoured to bestow these honorary awards.
"Our awardees are chosen in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their fields and because they are an inspiration to our graduating students and we are delighted to recognise such a celebrated group of individuals this year."
Main picture: Former Doctor Who star Colin Baker is to receive an Honorary Doctorate.
Second and third picture caption: Strictly Come Dancing stars Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton will receive Honorary Degrees.