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

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