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Famous sportsman, chef and broadcaster to be honoured by Queen’s

BBC veteran, top chef and bikes legend on honorary degrees list

Broadcaster Mark Carruthers
Broadcaster Mark Carruthers
Chef Clare Smyth
Superbike champion Jonathan Rea
Victoria Leonard

By Victoria Leonard

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and broadcaster Mark Carruthers are among leading figures who will receive honorary degrees from Queen's University this year.

Yesterday, the university released the names of those who will be awarded the prestigious accolades this summer.

The awards are given to individuals who have achieved high distinction or given significant service in public or professional life and serve as ambassadors for Queen's and Northern Ireland around the world.

BBC NI broadcaster Mr Carruthers, who presents The View, will be made a Doctor of Letters for distinction in broadcasting, while motorcycle star Rea will be awarded an honorary degree for distinction in sport.

Three times All-Ireland winning Down GAA footballer and former Queen's GAA senior team coach Sean O'Neill will also be honoured for his sporting achievements.

And Co Antrim chef Clare Smyth, named World's Best Female Chef at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards last year, will receive an honorary degree for services to the hospitality industry.

Meanwhile, one of the most respected pipers and band leaders, Field Marshal Montgomery pipe band major Richard Parkes, will be awarded a Doctorate of Letters for services to music.

In addition to local figures, Canadian journalist and the BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet will be recognised for services to broadcasting.

Distinguished names from business and commerce to be recognised include the former chief executive of the NI Science Park (now Catalyst Inc), Dr Norman Apsley, and founder and chairman of building materials company the Kingspan Group, Eugene Murtagh.

Each will be made a Doctor of Science (Economics) for services to business and commerce.

Chief designer in civil aerospace for Rolls-Royce Frank Kirkland and Dame Judith Hackitt, British engineer and chair of manufacturing trade body Made UK, will each be made a Doctor of Science for distinction in engineering.

Jayne Brady, a partner at Kernel Capital and Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund, will receive a doctorate for services to business and commerce.

In academia, Professor Linda Colley, the Shelby MC Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University and a member of the research committee of the British Museum, will be honoured for distinction in history.

And Professor Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will be made a Doctor of Medical Science.

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