BBC newsreader awarded honorary degree

BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis is amongst 12 esteemed recipients to receive honorary degrees this week (20-24 July 2015) alongside thousands of jubilant University of Sheffield graduates.

Emily is one of the main BBC news presenters. Along with Newsnight she also presents bulletins on BBC One and rolling news coverage on the BBC News Channel. She recently worked alongside David Dimbleby to host election coverage specials and the Budget.BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis

Born in Canada, Emily was raised in Sheffield and attended King Edward VII School. She went on to graduate from Queens' College Cambridge before embarking on a career in journalism which has taken her all over the world reporting on breaking stories which have shaped history.

Emily will receive the degree of Doctor of Letters on Wednesday (22 July 2015) for her contribution in journalism. She will be following in the footsteps of her father Peter who is an Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University.

The former Bishop of Hallam, John Rawsthorne, will receive a Doctorate of Letters on Thursday (23 July 2015) for his outstanding work for charity and the community.

Bishop John has been a very well-liked and respected bishop of the Roman Catholic dioceses of Hallam, which serves 60,000 Catholics, since 1997. He has helped to raised more than £150,000 for the St Wilfrid’s Drop-in Day Centre in Sheffield through a variety of gruelling charity events including a 15-mile trek blindfolded, on one leg and going backwards.

His overwhelming popularity and influence on the community is such that his resignation in 2011 as Bishop of Hallam was refused by Pope Benedict XVI, and he remained in office three more years. Although Bishop John has now returned to his native Liverpool he will remain a priest of the Hallam Diocese.

Also receiving an honorary Doctorate of Letters is Dr Andy Cave, one of the most respected mountaineers in the world who has several formidable first ascents to his credit. He is also a successful author, international mountain guide, academic lecturer and motivational speaker and business coach.

In 1997 Andy and his best friend and climbing partner Brendan Murphy, a Cambridge graduate and software engineer, set out to climb the notoriously difficult Himalayan mountain, Changabang, by one of the most challenging routes ever recorded. The final ascent of the North Face started well in good weather, but by day four the weather had deteriorated so badly that their time for climbing was limited. They battled the weather and a lack of food for a week before finally reaching the summit.

However the descent proved harder and more treacherous and almost in sight of their camp Brendan was caught by an avalanche which swept him to his death in front of Andy’s eyes.

Recovering in the UK, Andy decided to write his autobiography Learning to Breathe covering his early climbing career and the ill-fated ascent of Changabang.

Sir Roger BoneSir Roger Bone will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering on Tuesday (21 July 2015).

Sir Roger was appointed President of Boeing UK in September 2005 and during his nine years with the company strengthened Boeing’s relationships with suppliers, partners, universities, customers and other stakeholders.

He headed the expansion of the company’s employees from fewer than 500 to around 1,700, and the growth of the company to more than 20 sites in the UK.

During this time Boeing worked in collaboration with the University’s pioneering Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to develop advanced manufacturing technologies that will help reduce the time and cost of producing aerospace products while improving their quality and performance.

In 2010 Sir Roger accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister to become an honorary ambassador for British business and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Universities and Businesses. The organisation focuses on strengthening the strategic partnership between universities and business with a view to driving economic growth and recovery.

The eight fellow graduates receiving honorary degrees this week are: Professor Pallab Bhattacharya, Professor David Hey, Professor Huang Wei, Professor Colin Lawson, Richard Carwardine, Roderick Smith, Rosie Valerio, and Simon Wessely.

GraduatesOn Thursday (23 July 2014) Stephen Sly will also receive the prestigious Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Award which recognises alumni who have achieved distinction in their profession and served the University well.

Stephen is a partner at DLA Piper and has advised a range of corporate and public sector bodies and managed cases through many of the specialist divisions of the High Court.

In 1998 he was appointed a Deputy District Judge and also played a vital role in the creation of the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) – a world-class institute which aims to bring hope to people with neurological illnesses.

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