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Bill Bryson named University of Westminster Honorary Doctor

17 July 2015

The author Bill Bryson, OBE, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster, for his contribution to literature. He joins a number of notable figures including Roland Rudd, Baroness Hayter and Lord (Chris) Smith, who were also named University of Westminster Honorary Doctorates this year.

The University recognised Bill as an exceptional communicator known for his ability to captivate readers on a range of cultural and travel subjects as well as science. His book A Short History of Nearly Everything which explores the history of science, exposing its often humble and humorous beginnings, has been a longstanding favourite among the University’s bioscience students.

Alongside Bill, the University praised the achievements of other Honorary Doctorates who received the title this year including:

  • Roland Rudd, leading PR executive, founding Chairman of Business for New Europe, and founder of Finsbury, a leading financial, regulatory and political communications agency
  • Baroness Hayter, Shadow Spokesperson for Business and Innovation and the Cabinet Office, as well as Opposition Whip in the House of Lords. She is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University
  • Lord (Chris) Smith, British politician, former MP and Cabinet Minister, who was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 1997-2001, and has been Chair of the Environment Agency since 2008

Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice Chancellor of the University, said: “It is with great pride that we award such a distinguished group of Honorary Doctorates this year in celebration of their accomplishments and successes. These Honorary Doctorates highlight each individual as a beacon of inspiration for our students and what they can achieve in their future endeavours.”


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