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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish nets honorary degree for charity work

By Lindsay Fergus

Published 01/07/2011

Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish

Scottish football legend Kenny Dalglish netted an honorary degree today from the University of Ulster.

He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) in recognition of his services in football and charitable activity.

Capped 102 times by his country, the prolific goalscorer has been a tireless fundraiser for cancer charities, working alongside his wife Marina to raise £5m for a chemotherapy centre and a radiotherapy centre in Merseyside.

As a player with Liverpool and Celtic, the current Liverpool manager won every domestic honour a professional in England and Scotland could achieve, as well as winning three European Cups.

In the 1980s as player-manager of Liverpool he cemented his iconic status among supporters at Anfield by continuing the team's remarkable domination of the English game as well as leading the club with great dignity through the Hillsborough stadium disaster which claimed 96 lives.

The 'Class of 2011' graduations at the University of Ulster continued today with two ceremonies at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

Students from the Ulster Business School were set to be presented with their awards.

Entrepreneur Bill Wolsey received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his services to entrepreneurship and business development.

Mr Wolsey heads up Beannchor, one of Ireland's largest groups of licensed premises which includes the five-star Merchant Hotel in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast's city centre.

He initially concentrated on buying pubs but in 2006 he spotted a gap in the market for a luxury city centre hotel and purchased the former headquarters of the Ulster Bank in Waring Street, which was transformed into the luxury Merchant Hotel.

He has also recently opened the Little Wing chain of pizzerias.

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