Leicester honorary graduates announced for 2019

The University of Leicester has announced this year’s recipients of honorary degrees, awarded to those in recognition of their achievements in their respective fields.

Among the recipients this year is George Davies, who is known for founding the clothing retailer Next and the fashion label George. He is also known for his philanthropy, donating £5.15 million to the university to help support research into vascular limb disease.

Also recognised this year is Bernard Greaves, an activist for LGBT+ rights for over 40 years. The first openly gay man to hold national office in a UK political party, Bernard was a key force in making the Liberal party campaign for the liberalisation of laws regarding homosexuality.

Another individual being awarded this year is Tony Heaton, a sculptor and disability rights activist. Famous for designing Channel 4’s celebratory sculpture of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Tony has already been awarded for his achievements with an OBE in 2013.

An additional noted honorary graduate is Richard Henderson, a molecular biologist who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2017 in recognition of his work. Richard has made great strides in regards to the electron microscopy of biological molecules.

Also among this year’s recipients is Nazir Afzal, a former Chief Prosecutor in the North West who is known for his experience in cases regarding violence against women. A prominent opponent of forced marriage, FGM and honour killings, Nazir has been a dedicated campaigner for women’s rights throughout his career.

Another 2019 honorary graduate is Christine Keates, the general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers. An alumna of the University of Leicester, she is a passionate campaigner for teachers across Britain.

An additional recipient is David Cannadine, accomplished historian and President of the British Academy. David is known for his studies of modern British history, in particular his work on researching how the class system in Britain has changed over time.

Also recognised this year is Graeme Barker, for his accomplishments in archaeology. Known for his work on the Italian Bronze Age, Graeme was awarded a CBE in 2015 for his work.

An additional awardee this year is Peter Bell, who is being made a Distinguished Honorary Fellow. This is in recognition of services to the University of Leicester during his time in the Department of Surgery.

The graduation ceremonies will take place from Tuesday 16 July to Friday 19 July.