Leeds & West Yorkshire

Hannah Cockroft and Rodney Walker get honorary degrees

Hannah Cockroft and Sir Rodney Walker
Image caption Hannah Cockroft and Sir Rodney Walker received their honorary degrees during a ceremony earlier

Paralympic double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft and sports veteran Sir Rodney Walker are among those to be awarded honorary degrees.

Ms Cockroft, a wheelchair racing athlete from Halifax, won the T34 100m and 200m at the London Paralympics.

She received her doctorate from the University of Bradford earlier.

Sir Rodney, the chairman of the group that brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire, was awarded an honorary degree by Huddersfield University.

The former Rugby Football League boss helped lead TdFHub2014, which planned the opening three stages of the world's greatest cycle race.

The first two stages were held in Yorkshire earlier this month and attracted 2.5m spectators.

Sir Rodney was honoured for his services to sport in the county at a ceremony earlier.

'Strive for greatness'

On Monday, Mirfield-born actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who is chancellor of Huddersfield University, led a 170-strong procession of graduates and guests through the town to start eight days of graduation ceremonies.

Other recipients are BBC reporter Orla Guerin, scientist, author and broadcaster Prof Jim Al-Khalili and financial journalist Alex Brummer - all of whom will be honoured by the University of Bradford on Friday.

Mr Al-Khalili, who is a professor of physics at the University of Surrey, presents a weekly science programme on BBC Radio 4.

Mr Brummer became the Daily Mail's city editor in 2000 after working at The Guardian.

Prof Brian Cantor, vice-chancellor of the university, said: "They are true inspirations, not only for their work, but for their contributions to society as a whole.

"I am honoured to welcome them to the University of Bradford and hope their accomplishments inspire our graduates to strive for greatness too."

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