University to honour Sir Tim Rice, rugby star Emily Scarratt and Sir Gary Verity

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity, who is to be honoured by Leeds Beckett University.
Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity, who is to be honoured by Leeds Beckett University.
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Academy Award-winning musical lyricist Sir Tim Rice, rugby World Cup winning star Emily Scarratt and Leeds-born Welcome To Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity are among those who will receive honorary degrees from Leeds Beckett University.

Others to be honoured at this summer’s graduations include Restoration Man TV presenter George Clarke and David Lascelles, the eighth Earl of Harewood.

Sir Gary Verity, who was knighted during the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year, said the degree was “a real honour” because he has grown up in the city.

He will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration.

He said: He said: “I am extremely proud of what our city and county have achieved in recent times, and to have played some part in that success has been a privilege. Leeds and Yorkshire are now destinations well and truly on the world map, thanks in part to the Tour de France last year, and the Tour de Yorkshire this year, and I am confident that momentum can continue for many decades to come.

“And as a Leeds lad born-and-bred, to be given this recognition by Leeds Beckett University is a real honour.”

Emily Scarratt, who was part of the England women’s team who triumphed at the 2014 Rugby World Cup, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science by the university, where she studied Sport and Exercise Science.

She said: “I am extremely honoured to receive such an accolade. Leeds Beckett played a huge part in my own personal and sporting development and so to be recognised by them in this way is a huge privilege. I am very much looking forward to the day and to sharing it with so many others celebrating their success.”

George Clarke and Sir Tim Rice and will be awarded Honorary Doctorates of Arts,

The graduation ceremonies will take place at the university’s Headingley Campus between Monday July 20 and Friday July 24.

The honorary award recipients will join around 5,000 students graduating from the university this year.

University vice chancellor Susan Price said: “Our honorary degrees recognise and celebrate a variety of individuals who have made significant contributions to their field and who are a source of inspiration to our students and graduates.

“This year’s awards are no exception, as we welcome a host of highly-respected figures from business, law, sport, health and the arts to our Headingley Campus, joining us in celebrating the achievements of our graduating students.”

Also receiving honorary degrees is:

Martin Dalby, chief executive of Center Parcs.

Bryony Simpson, former Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Dirk Mischendahl, businessman and chief executive of The Tetley.

Alan Baker, the former President of Leeds Law Society.

Ros Moore, former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland.

John Walsh, support manager of the York Street Health Practice in Leeds.

Sundra Rajoo, director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration in Malaysia.