Honorary degree for TV favourite
Doctorates for famous faces who reached the top of their professions
IT is a bumper year for broadcasters at tomorrow’s Glasgow University honorary degree awards. Andrew Neil, broadcaster and journalist, and Susan Calman, broadcaster and comedian, will both be given doctorates.
They join eight other distinguished people at a ceremony in the Bute Hall to receive honorary degrees from Professor Sir Kenneth Calman.
Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the university, said: “We are honouring and acknowledging individuals who have achieved exceptional levels of success and who have made a great contribution to their fields, not just in Scotland, but also across the UK and around the world.
“We are delighted to celebrate the successes of all our
We are delighted to celebrate the successes of all our graduands
graduands and I look forward to sharing the day with them and working with them more closely in the future.”
The awards mark Commemoration Day, the anniversary of the foundation of Glasgow University in 1451.
Andrew Neil was born in Paisley and is a distinguished journalist, editor and broadcaster.
His first newspaper editorship came in 1969 when he took over Glasgow University’s student newspaper, the Glasgow Guardian, while studying Political Economy & Politics in 1969, later gaining his MA in 1972.
A former editor of the Sunday Times, Mr Neil has fronted political programmes for the BBC since the 1990s including the Daily Politics and This Week.
He is recognised for his contribution to broadcasting and journalism.
Another graduate of Glasgow University, Susan Calman graduated with a law degree in 1996 and gained a Diploma in Legal Practice the following year.
She left the legal profession in 2006 and is now a
successful comedian, panellist and performer, as well as a television and radio presenter.
She is being awarded her honorary degree for her work as a broadcaster and comedian but for highlighting mental health issues and LGBT rights.
Other recipients of honorary degrees include Dave Anderson, Theatre Director; Sandy Brindley, Chief Executive and National Co-ordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland; and Pat Cassidy of Govan Workspace for his contribution to the social and economic regeneration of Glasgow.
Setyono Darmono, Founder and Chairman of Jababeka Group, will also receive an honourary degree alongside Professor David Galloway, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons; Sir Harpal S Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Research UK; songwriter and composer Karine Polwart; and Dr Lena Wilson CBE, former Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise.
Broadcaster Andrew Neil
Musician Karine Polwart, left, and above, Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the university
Broadcaster and comedian Susan Calman