News and events

News

Renowned journalist Dame Liz Forgan awarded honorary doctorate

Journalism and Digital Media 11 July 2017

Dame Liz Forgan

On 10 July 2017 alongside a cohort of new graduates, the University of Westminster recognised Dame Liz Forgan for her services to journalism and the arts. 

Dame Liz Forgan brings a wealth of knowledge in the arts, media and policy and will be an invaluable and unique mentor to the University of Westminster’s community. She has had a long and varied career in journalism, working across print, radio and television media.

Dame Liz spent her early career in print journalism on the Tehran Journal, moving to local news at the Hampstead and Highgate Express and then the London Evening Standard and then national newspapers by joining The Guardian.

She was part of the founding team at Channel 4 Television later becoming Director of Programmes before moving to the BBC as Managing Director of Network Radio. In 2006 she was awarded her DBE for services to Radio Broadcasting, on top of her OBE, which she was awarded in 1998.

In 2008 Dame Liz was named as the first female Chair of the Arts Council England, a position she held until 2013. She has filled several roles in public life including Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund and is currently Chair of the Scott Trust (owner of the Guardian and Observer), the National Youth Orchestra and the Bristol Old Vic and a deputy chair of the British Museum.

Accepting her award, she said: “Nothing is more inspiring than seeing young people celebrate this amazing academic achievement as they are on the threshold of becoming the people they will be in work and in public life. It is pivotal for them, and for me it is an enormous honour to be present at this most wonderful occasion.”

Professor Sarah Niblock, former Associate Dean of the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, said: “Dame Liz’s contribution to public life is immense, not only in transforming popular media culture but in preserving and promoting the arts. Her vision, passion and determination even in the face of opposition serves as an inspiring, motivational example to our future leaders in media, arts and design who are graduating here today.”


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


For the media


For the media

Here we hope you find everything you will need to research, write and publish your story or blog post.