Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Simpson receives university award

BBC journalist John Simpson has received a university honour
BBC journalist John Simpson has received a university honour

BBC journalist John Simpson and businesswoman Dame Marjorie Scardino have both received honorary awards from the University of Roehampton.

The BBC's world affairs editor was made an honorary fellow of the London university as he steps down as chancellor after nine years.

Sir David Bell, chairman of the University's Council, described Simpson as "eminently worthy," adding: "John's career has acted as a model to all of us to become informed, global citizens - how an inquisitive and critical mind can not only help us comprehend the world around us but allow others to learn from our experiences."

Dame Marjorie, a former chief executive of Pearson , the company which owns the Financial Times, received an honorary doctorate of laws.

She left Pearson in 2012 and in December 2013 joined the board of Twitter as its first woman director. She also sits on the boards of organisations including Oxfam, the Royal College of Art and the MacArthur Foundation.

A university spokesman said: "Marjorie Scardino's career is proof that with drive and ambition it is possible to reach the very heights of business, at the same time as helping to create a better world."

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