three distinguished figures who will be awarded Honorary Doctorates
from the University are the high profile academic, Professor Sir
Ronald Cooke, childrens author, Dick King-Smith and broadcaster,
Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE.
Ron Cooke has had a distinguished career as a geographer, and is
a former President of the Royal Geographical Society.
Ron led several major UK initiatives in Higher Education as Chair
of the Learning and Teaching Committee of the Higher Education Funding
Council for England.
his retirement in 2003, Sir Ron has taken over chairmanship of the
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) reflecting his interest
in the potential of electronic communication for enhancing learning
was knighted for services to Higher Education in 2002 and has had
academic involvement with staff in the University of Gloucestershire
School of Environment for many years.
recently, he has supported the School in developing and promoting
its expertise in teaching and learning nation-wide.
King-Smith has spent much his life in Gloucestershire. Now in his
eighties, the childrens author has worked as a farmer, a primary
school teacher and fought in the Second World War before turning
his hand to writing.
is best known as the creator of The Sheep Pig, which was made into
the Academy Award winning film, Babe. The novel also won the Guardian
Fiction Award 1984, and he was named as Childrens Author of
the Year in 1992.
has written over 100 books that have been translated into 12 languages.
His autobiography, Chewing the Cud was widely acclaimed and was
named as Publishers Weekly Best Childrens Book in 2002.
Trevor McDonald is one of the countrys best-known broadcasters.
Sir Trevor currently presents the ITV News at 10.30 and the current
affairs programme, Tonight with Trevor McDonald.
Trevor began his television career in Trinidad in 1962, before joining
the BBC World Service in 1969. His prolific broadcasting career
spans five decades, and he has been the recipient of many awards,
including a Royal Television Society Gold Medal in 1998 and the
BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television
in 1999. In the same year, Sir Trevor was awarded a Knighthood in
the Queens Birthday Honours List.
University is honouring Sir Trevor for his services to broadcast
journalism, and it is hoped that he will also maintain an interest
in the broadcast journalism programmes offered at the Pittville
Janet Trotter, Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of
are delighted to honour these outstanding individuals in recognition
of their lifetime achievements and their ability to inspire others.
We look forward to welcoming them to our graduation ceremonies later
award ceremonies will take place on 4th & 5th November at The
Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse.
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