Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Singer Katie Melua and rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll to be honoured by Queen's University Belfast

Katie Melua is among 12 people from the worlds of business, sport, academia, science and the arts being honoured
Katie Melua is among 12 people from the worlds of business, sport, academia, science and the arts being honoured

What do businessman Dermot Desmond, musician Katie Melua and Ireland rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll have in common?

They are each to receive honorary degrees from Queen's University in Belfast later this year.

The trio are among 12 people from the worlds of business, sport, academia, science and the arts being honoured by the university.

Songstress Melua will be recognised with a DLit (Mus) for services to music, while Nobel Prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs is to receive a DSc for services to science.

Mr Desmond will receive a DSc Econ for services to business and commerce, along with founder of global software consulting company Infosys Limited, Narayana Murthy. Meanwhile, Sir David Fell, the former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and also a former pro-chancellor at Queen's, is getting an LLD for services to the university and distinction in public service and business and commerce.

Queen's awards honorary degrees to individuals who have achieved high distinction or given significant service in one or more fields of public or professional life, and who serve as ambassadors for the university and Northern Ireland around the world.

Rugby legend O'Driscoll, who recently retired from a glittering international career with a final Six Nations title, will pick up his honorary degree for services to sport.

From the entertainment industry, actor Ciaran Hinds and producer Mark Huffam will be honoured with a DUniv for distinction in film and drama.

And the columnist, literary editor and drama critic Fintan O'Toole is to be awarded a DLit for services to broadcasting. Professor Alice Brown CBE is to receive a DSSc for services to education and social justice, while former Queen's vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson will be honoured with an LLD for services to Queen's University and to higher education.

Professor Henrietta Moore will receive a DSSc for services to social sciences.

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