MANCHESTER Metropolitan University will confer honorary degrees on eight outstanding individuals at the 2009 summer graduation ceremonies including Britain's most successful football manager, the man who coined the term 'lateral thinking', a distinguished A&E doctor, a business leader, a husband-and-wife athletics duo, a leading television producer and Manchester's best-known Chinese businessman.
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks said: "We are honoured to be able to recognise the huge contributions of these immensely gifted and dedicated professionals whose work has had a tremendous positive impact on the lives of millions in Manchester, the UK and globally."
Sir Alex Ferguson will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration, in recognition of his achievements as the most successful manager in British football history. In leading Manchester United Football Club to win 30 trophies he has brought both the club and the city high international acclaim.
Lateral-thinker Edward de Bono, described as 'one of the 250 people who have made the most significant contribution to humanity' is to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. An adviser to governments and multinational corporations, Dr De Bono is recognised for his 'original thinking' and also his support for MMU in establishing a De Bono Foundation Centre for Serious Creativity and Constructive Thinking at the Institute of Education.
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Professor Kevin Mackway-Jones, a leading physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Health for his outstanding contribution to all aspects of the specialist field of emergency care, including work on advanced life support and major incident management education. Professor Mackway-Jones’ vision has led to the implementation of an MSc in Emergency Medicine with the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.
Mike Jones, Director of the Foundation for Management Education, is recognised for putting the UK at the forefront of business education globally and for his continuous support to Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. A former Director general of the Association of MBAs, Mike will become an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration.
Sarah Storey OBE and husband Barney Storey are the 'golden couple' of the British Paralympic Team, winning cycling medals in Beijing and adding to Sarah's golds in the pool in Barcelona after switching sports. Both are recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Paralympic Games and also for their support and encouragement to others through Barney's patronage of 'SeeAbility'. They are to receive honorary Doctorates in Science.
Nicola Shindler, the producer behind quality drama such as Clocking Off, Queer As Folk and Unforgiven is recognised for her outstanding contribution to drama as a scriptwriter and producer. Her Red Production Company has put Manchester firmly on the location map for British TV drama. She will be honoured with the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts.
Businessman and 'city ambassador' Gerry Yeung, who runs some of Manchester's best restaurants, including the Yang Sing, will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration. A Hong Kong immigrant and a former President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr Yeung is recognised for his valued contribution to the business and commercial community of Manchester, his support of the Hollings Faculty and in particular his involvement and encouragement of the Manchester Food Research Centre.
The 2009 Honorands will receive their degrees during the Graduate Ceremonies at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester between July 13 – 21.