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UU To Honour Peacemaker Tutu

31st January 2007


Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the world famous South African anti-apartheid campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is to visit Belfast later this year to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from the University.

He heads a dazzling list of twelve local, national and international achievers who will be honoured at the University’s summer graduation ceremonies in July.

Born in October 1931, Archbishop Tutu rose to international fame during the 1980s for his outspoken attacks on apartheid. He was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.

As well as the Nobel Prize, awarded in 1984, he also received the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and in recent years has been committed to stopping the global spread of AIDS.

He receives his degree in recognition of his significant contribution towards ending apartheid and for encouraging and working for peace in South Africa.

In all, twelve people from Northern Ireland, the UK and further afield will be awarded honorary degrees from the University this summer.

They are:

Jennifer Adgey, Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and Visiting Professor at UU, is to receive the honorary degree of DSc (Doctor of Science) in recognition of her services to cardiology and the University of Ulster

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She has published over 200 papers in the field of cardiology, focused primarily on studies related to pre-hospital cardiac core, myocardial infarction, and sudden death.

Professor Adgey has been involved in collaborative work with the Northern Ireland Bioengineering Centre at UU for many years, and has been pivotal in the formation of the Centre for Advanced Cardiovascular Research.

 

Martin Amis, novelist, is to receive the honorary degree of DLitt (Doctor of Letters), in recognition of his services to literature

Born in Oxford in 1949, Martin Amis wrote and published his first novel, The Rachel Papers (1973), while working as an editorial assistant at the Times Literary Supplement. The novel won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1974 and was followed by Dead Babies in 1975. He was Literary Editor of the New Statesman between 1977 and 1979, publishing his third novel, Success, in 1978.

Regarded by many critics as one of the most influential and innovative voices in contemporary British fiction, Amis is often grouped with the generation of British-based novelists who emerged in the 1980s.

 

Professor Rick Battarbee, FRS, Director of the Environmental Change Centre, UCL, is to receive the honorary degree of DSc (Doctor of Science) in recognition of his services to the environment.

Educated at UCL, the University of Ulster and the University of London, Professor Battarbee began his career as a research fellow at the Institute of Quaternary Geology Uppsala University, Sweden, before joining the New University of Ulster in 1973.

He is also an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, 2002 and was recognised as a “Pioneer of the Nation” by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

 

Linda Beard, Founder and Chair, Richard Kennedy Degenhardt Endowment, is to receive the honorary degree of DUniv (Doctor of the University) in recognition of her services to development at the University of Ulster.

Linda is the Founder and Chair of the Richard Kennedy Degenhardt Endowment, and she woks tirelessly to raise funds to support the Richard Kennedy Degenhardt Scholarship Fund. These annual travel awards are named in memory of the late Richard Kennedy Degenhardt, who was crucial in establishing the Belleek Collectors' International Society.

She works in financial administration at Emory University, Atlanta, and has been instrumental in helping UU develop its profile in the US and worldwide.

 

Enya, Irish singer and songwriter, is to receive the honorary degree of DLitt (Doctor of Letters) in recognition of her services to music and the creative industries.

Born in Gweedore, Co Donegal to a musical family, Enya Brennan first came to prominence as a member of the family band Clannad, which later gained international recognition through the Theme From Harry’s Game.

She went solo in 1982 and six years later she topped the UK pop charts with Orinoco Flow from the album, Watermark, which sold 8m copies. She is a Grammy award-winner.

 

John Gilliland, Chair of Rural Regeneration Ltd and former UFU President, is to receive the honorary degree of DSc (Doctor of Science) in recognition of his services to farming and renewable energy.

Born on the west bank of the Foyle, he was educated in Coleraine, Dublin and Scotland before returning to the family farm at Brook Hall Estate. He farms on both sides of the border and has won awards for innovation and environmental advances in farming practices.

In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to the environment and two years later he was appointed by the Prime Minister as the Northern Ireland member of the Sustainable Development Commission in London. He is also well known for his charitable work in his local community.

 

Cathal Goan, Director-General of RTE, is to receive the honorary degree of DLitt (Doctor of Letters) in recognition of his services Irish language broadcasting and the media industry in Ireland.

A native of Belfast, Cathal Goan joined RTÉ in 1979. Initially working with RTÉ Radio as a producer and senior producer he moved to RTÉ TV in 1988, starting in Current Affairs before being appointed Editor of Cúrsaí, the Irish language current affairs and arts programme; in 1990 he was appointed Editor, Irish Language Programming.

Cathal was appointed Ceannasaí of Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG and TG4) in August 1994 and oversaw the establishment of the channel, Ireland's third national television service. He was appointed Director of RTÉ Television and a member of the RTÉ Executive Board in March 2000.

 

E Neville Isdell, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, is to receive the honorary degree of DSc (Doctor of Science) in recognition of his services to international business.

Born in Downpatrick in 1943, Neville Isdell moved to Africa at the age of 10. Mr. Isdell joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1966 with the local bottling company in Zambia. In 1972, he became general manager of Coca-Cola Bottling of Johannesburg, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Africa. Mr. Isdell was named region manager for Australia in 1980, and in 1981 he became President of the bottling joint venture between The Coca-Cola Company and San Miguel Corporation in the Philippines, where he oversaw the turnaround and renewal of the Coca-Cola business there.

He was elected chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company on 1 June 2004.

 

Tommy Makem, folk musician and ‘Bard of Armagh’ is to receive the honorary degree of DLitt (Doctor of Letters), in recognition of his services to Irish traditional music and song writing

He learned his love of traditional Irish music from his mother Sarah at their home in Keady, Co Armagh. After moving to New York in the 1950s he joined up with the Clancy Brothers in 1961 forging a successful recording and concert career.

Among the best-known compositions of the banjo and tin whistle-playing singer are Four Green Fields and Gentle Annie.

 

Professor Martha Schwartz, Adjunct Professor of Landscape architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is to receive the honorary degree of DSc (Doctor of Science) in recognition of her services to landscape architecture and widening access to higher education.

Professor Schwartz specializes in landscape design and site-specific public art commissions. Her recent projects include the redesign of 26 Federal Plaza in New York City, the HUD Plaza in Washington, DC, and the United States Courthouse Plaza in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work has been shown at the Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art, the Marlborough Gallery in New York City, New Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, and Henry Gallery in Seattle.

 

Ann Tate, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton, is to receive the honorary degree of DUniv (Doctor of the University) in recognition of her services higher education and widening access to higher education.

She was Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Ulster from 1995 until taking up her present position at Northampton in 2002. She is currently a member of the QAA/QCA Joint Forum on Higher Levels.

 

His Grace The Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, is to receive the honorary degree of LLD (Doctor of Laws) in recognition of his significant contribution to overcoming apartheid and for encouraging and working for peace in South Africa.

Born in October 1931, he rose to international fame during the 1980s for his outspoken attacks on apartheid. He was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.

As well as the Nobel Prize, awarded in 1984, he also received the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and in recent years has been committed to stopping the global spread of AIDS. He is married with four children.


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