University does the honours

The University of Central Lancashire will be holding its Degree and Award Ceremonies at the Guild Hall in Preston this week.

More than 3,800 students will collect their awards at a series of ceremonies and the university will also be conferring nine honorary fellowships.

Lord Victor Adebowale of Thornes yesterday received his accolade from the faculty of health in thanks for his commitment to eradicating social exclusion and his work with people who have complex needs.

Today, the Lancashire Business School hands its fellowship to former student Neil Pakey, who graduated in 1982 and who is now the managing director of Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the chief operating officer of Peel Airports Limited, along with Don Parker.

Tomorrow, local woman Kailash Parekh will receive an award for her services to education, the local community and race relations in Preston, along with Lyndsey McAlister from Southport, who was the founder and artistic director of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation.

Leah Pattison, who has dedicates her life to the alleviation of leprosy among women in India, will receive an honorary fellowship on Thursday and, on Friday, Paul Stephenson – Lancashire's Chief Constable in 2002 and now Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service – and Sir Anthony Cleaver, chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, will both receive their awards.

Ajeenkya Patil will receive an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his work as an entrepreneur and educationalist.

For full details of local degrees, see our special education supplement on July 17.