Keele University announces Honorary Graduates 2018

Seven distinguished individuals will be honoured by Keele University at this summer’s graduation ceremonies for their outstanding contributions to society.

Seven eminent figures from a variety of fields, including broadcaster Jon Snow, Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, and Professor David Croisdale-Appleby will join over 2,000 students who will be celebrating their achievements during the ceremonies this July.

Four Keele alumni will also receive awards from the University: Sinéad Butters MBE, Lynn Saunders OBE, Ian Redmond OBE, and Mike Jackson, who will receive the Master of the University award.

Broadcaster Jon Snow is being recognised for his outstanding contribution to journalism, with a broadcast career spanning 45 years. He has reported from all over the world, and is Channel 4’s longest-serving news presenter.

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the development of renewable energy and sustainability, whilst Professor David Croisdale-Appleby will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to the public and voluntary sectors in health and social care.

Alumnae Sinéad Butters MBE and Lynn Saunders OBE will return to Keele to receive their awards in recognition of their contributions to society. Sinéad is Chief Executive of Aspire Housing, and is being recognised for her achievements and support for North Staffordshire communities. Lynn is Governor of Whatton Prison, and is being recognised for her outstanding contribution to improve the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.

Alumnus Mike Jackson graduated in 1980, and went on to become co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) during the 1984 Miners’ Strike - which was immortalised in the award-winning film ‘Pride’. He will be awarded Master of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to social justice and equality.

Alumnus Ian Redmond OBE graduated from Keele in 1976, and is renowned for his work on mountain gorillas, having been involved in more than 50 documentaries on the subject. Ian will be awarded Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to animal conservation and sustainable ecology.

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor at Keele University, commented:

“We are very proud to welcome such a distinguished group of people to the Keele community. All of the recipients of our honorary degrees have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields, and I am especially looking forward to welcoming them to the University in July for the official ceremonies.”

Receiving the award of Doctor of Letters

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany is the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and also holds the position of Deputy Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). She will be awarded Doctor of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development of renewable energy and sustainability. At EDA, she contributes to the realisation of the Academy’s mandate; to equip the UAE’s current and future diplomats with the relevant knowledge and multi-disciplinary skills to effectively serve their nation.

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE
Professor David Croisdale-Appleby holds postgraduate degrees in five academic disciplines ranging across the arts, sciences and social sciences, and Professorships in no fewer than six academic disciplines. He has devoted much of his life to representing the interests of vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled people across the world, has led many charities in this context, and is a major player in the development of the government’s strategy in health and social care around integration. At NICE he chairs the Public Health Advisory Committee, and he is the General Medical Council’s longest serving Educational Visitor. He will be awarded Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the public and voluntary sectors in health and social care.

Lynn Saunders OBE
A Keele alumna, Lynn Saunders is the Governor of Whatton Prison and has worked for the Prison Service for 25 years. She has worked with people convicted of sexual offences for most of her career and is considered to be one of the more knowledgeable and compassionate prison Governors in this difficult and controversial area. She will be awarded Doctor of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contribution to improve the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders, both nationally and internationally.

Jon Snow
Broadcaster Jon Snow will be awarded Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution to journalism, with a broadcast career spanning 45 years. He joined LBC radio in 1973, and ITN in 1976, and has reported from all over the world; Africa, Central America, the United States - where he was a resident Correspondent - and Rome. His most treasured reporting centred inevitably on the release of Nelson Mandela. He became Main Presenter of Channel 4 News in 1989, and is still there today - making him their longest-serving news presenter.

Receiving the award of Doctor of the University

Sinéad Butters MBE
A Keele Alumna, Sinéad grew up in Staffordshire and is one of Keele’s founding ‘Fellows’ in recognition of her achievements and support for North Staffordshire communities.
Sinéad has been Chief Executive of Aspire Housing since 2006 and is passionate about housing associations and the nationally critical role they play in support of the economy and community well-being. She will be awarded Doctor of the University in recognition of her work in transforming people’s lives through raising aspirations, community development and social enterprise.

Receiving the award of Doctor of Science

Ian Redmond OBE
Alumnus Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 40 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work. Ian is founder and chairman of the Ape Alliance, and the Gorilla Organization. He is a widely published writer and has worked on or appeared in more than 100 documentary films. Ian will be awarded Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to animal conservation and sustainable ecology.

Receiving the award of Master of the University

Mike Jackson
Alumnus Mike Jackson graduated in 1980, and during his time at Keele founded North Staffs Gay Switchboard, an information and counselling service offering support to LGBT people. He later went on to become co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) during the year long 1984 Miners’ Strike. That solidarity action has been immortalised in the award winning movie ‘Pride’ written by Stephen Beresford, in which Mike was portrayed by Joe Gilgun. He will be awarded Master of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to social justice and equality.


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