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Belfast Harbour chief Len O'Hagan awarded honorary degree

By Lindsay Fergus

The University of Ulster's graduation ceremonies today moved to Belfast's Waterfront Hall.

Over the next four days students who studied at the university's Jordanstown and Belfast campuses will receive awards ranging from diplomas to degrees and doctorates.

The Belfast ceremonies got under way yesterday when students from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment took to the stage to accept their awards.

During the morning ceremony, the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) was conferred on Len O'Hagan in recognition of his services to business development.

As chairman of Belfast Harbour, Mr O'Hagan is at the helm of one of Northern Ireland's most important economic assets.

At the afternoon ceremony students from the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment (School of the Built Environment only) will receive their awards.

Frank Cushnahan received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc), in recognition of his services to commercial and business development.

Mr Cushnahan, who is an independent corporate financial and management consultant, was appointed in May 2010 a member of the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee to the Republic's National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). The first student to graduate in Northern Ireland with a degree in landscape architecture will also be honoured today.

Phillip Evans from east Belfast will receive his Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) certificate.

He said: "If this course hadn't existed I would have had to go to England, Dublin or Scotland which wasn't feasible as I had a job in Belfast. So being able to study in here part-time was really important.

"Landscape architecture is one area where there are jobs but we don't have enough people here with the right qualifications.

"Northern Ireland needs to start producing more landscape architects - the jobs are there but not the academic pathway."

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