University to bestow honorary doctorates on 13 high achievers

Tommy Bowe
Tommy Bowe

The University of Ulster is to present 13 people with honorary doctorates for their achievements in the worlds of sport, the arts, public life, business and education.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett said: “Ulster is recognised equally for its world-class sporting achievements, cultural excellence and significant contribution to industry, healthcare and education.

“The honorary degree recipients this year embody the very qualities that I know will inspire Ulster’s students to aim high, and realise the power they have to make a positive difference in their future lives and careers.”

The honorary graduates in July will be: Gary Anderson, the motorsport commentator; Tommy Bowe, the Ulster and Irish international rugby player; Frank Cottrell Boyce, the screenwriter and novelist; Evelyn Collins, chief executive of the Equality Commission; Roma Downey, the actress and film producer; Nick Hewer, the business analyst and media commentator; Lord Justice Brian Kerr; Nicky Kinnaird, the prominent businesswoman and founder of the Space:NK chain; AP McCoy, the champion jockey; Seamus McGarvey, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer; Peter McNaney, chief executive, Belfast City Council; Christopher Moran, chairman of Co-Operation Ireland, and Margaret Ward, former director of the Women’s Resource & Development Agency.