Honorary Degrees and Fellowships

We awarded a total of 9 University Fellowships and Honorary Doctorates during Graduation 2020.

Honorary Doctorates

An honorary degree is one of higher education’s most significant accolades. They are awarded on a selective basis to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for achievement and distinction in a field or activity connected with the mission of the University. Holders of honorary degrees provide inspiration to students, as examples of success in a variety of ways. They also enhance the University’s profile on a national and international stage.

In 2020, the University of Worcester awarded honorary doctorates to:

Professor Susan Black OBE FBCS FRSA 

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A multi award-winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Black was awarded an OBE for Services to Technology in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. Professor Black is also a UK government advisor, thought- leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, UK Digital Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. 

Professor Black set up the UK’s first online network for women in technology, BCSWomen, in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 codebreakers. Her first book, Saving Bletchley Park, details the social media campaign she led from 2008-2011. Professor Black has championed women in technology for over two decades, founding the #techmums social enterprise in 2013 and the pioneering TechUPWomen, retraining underserved women into tech careers in 2019. 

Passionate about technology as an enabler, Susan didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25, she went to university, gained a degree in computing, then a PhD.  

Prof Charles Craddock CBE, FRCP (UK), FRCPath, DPhil, FMedSci 

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Charles Craddock is Professor of Haemato-oncology at the University of Birmingham and Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Programme at University Hospitals Birmingham. He trained in haematology at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford, and the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. 

As Director of the BMT Unit at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, he was instrumental in the establishment and subsequent expansion of the £7 million Centre for Clinical Haematology and, as Director of Birmingham Health Partners, led the development of the £24 million Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine, which opened in 2015.  

Professor Craddock’s main research interests include the development of novel drug and transplant therapies in myeloid leukemias. He is Chair of the NCRI Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Working Group and leads the UK Haemato-oncology Trials Acceleration Programme. He pioneered the development of a UK stem cell transplant trials network, IMPACT, one of only two worldwide, which was launched in 2017 and has published more than 225 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Craddock is Chair of the UK Stem Cell Strategic Oversight Committee and was Medical Director of Anthony Nolan from 2010–2014. He was elected President of the British Society of Haematology in 2017 and a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2021. Professor Craddock was awarded the CBE for services to medicine and medical research in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.  

His Honour Robert Juckes QC 

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Born just outside Tewkesbury to a local GP and physiotherapist, His Honour Robert Juckes QC went on to become the most senior judge in Worcestershire. 

He completed his O-levels at the age of 14 and A-levels at 16 before going on to study at the University of Exeter. Robert then qualified as a barrister at the Inner Temple and The Inns of Court School of Law in London in 1974. He went into practice at Chambers in Birmingham, which was at least partially in Worcestershire and his practice at the bar, both as a junior and as a silk, was very much West Midlands based. In 1990 Robert became a senior prosecutor and then in 2007, after 15 years as a part-time judge (or recorder), was appointed a Circuit Judge before become the Resident Judge at Worcester in 2009 with responsibility for the administration of the courts and judges in Hereford and Worcester. Shortly after this, as the senior resident judge, he was elected by the City Council to be the Honorary Recorder of Worcester, a role he retained until retirement in April 2020. 

Robert has mostly lived in, and always loved Worcestershire and now takes great pleasure in cycling in Elgar‘s tracks in the countryside between Worcester and Malvern. 

The Right Honourable Sir Andrew McFarlane, QC 

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Andrew McFarlane was called to the Bar in 1977 and practiced in chambers in Birmingham until 1993, when he moved to specialist family law chambers in London. He appeared at all levels of court including the House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights. He was appointed as a QC in 1998. In April 2005 he was appointed to the High Court, Family Division and was for 5 years the Family Division Liaison Judge for the Midland Circuit. He was the legal member of the Government ‘Family Justice Review’ Panel. In July 2011, he was appointed to be a Lord Justice of Appeal, sitting full time in the Court of Appeal in London. On the 28th July 2018, Sir Andrew succeeded Sir James Munby as President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice. 

Together with the late David Hershman, he is the co-author of a loose-leaf legal textbook entitled “Children: Law and Practice”. In addition, he has contributed to other publications and lectured throughout the UK and abroad. 

Sir Andrew has been a trustee of YoungMinds (the national young person’s mental health charity) and is Patron of HOPE Family Centre (Bromyard). In addition to being Chancellor of the Diocese of Exeter, Sir Andrew was Chairman of the Church of England Clergy Discipline Commission and President of Clergy Discipline Tribunals for 5 years until 2019. He has been a native of Herefordshire and Worcestershire for over 20 years. 

Roy Richardson 

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Roy Richardson is one of the most respected and well-regarded businessmen of his generation.  The family business Roy founded with his twin brother Don over 70 years ago has contributed massively to the economic growth of the West Midlands region and today has evolved into a dynamic real estate and private equity business, with interests in a number of countries around the world. 

In Worcester itself, the family’s business has harnessed its hard-won brownfield regeneration experience to develop St. Martins Gate shopping centre, as well as the Territorial Army building.  They are also playing a role locally in connecting the area to the burgeoning digital economy, with a recently completed prime click-and-collect logistics centre at Sixways Park, just outside of the city. 

A long-term resident of Worcestershire, Roy is a seasoned figure in the county, well respected for his continuing positive contribution to the community.  He has long played a part in supporting a number of charitable causes and in recent times has donated to the Primrose Hospice, St Richards Hospice and Acorns Children’s Hospice, through the Richardson Brothers Foundation. 

Nick Wentworth-Stanley DL 

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Nick has had a successful career in the City of London, particularly within the Lloyds insurance market. He now lives full time in Worcestershire with his wife and children and works in the venture capital industry, helping to build early-stage businesses. 

Having lost his 21-year-old son James to suicide, he set up the charity James’ Place, which provides support for men facing suicidal crisis. The first centre was opened by HRH Duke of Cambridge in 2019 and a new centre is opening later this year in London.  

Nick has been Chair of the Worcestershire Community Foundation for the past 5 years, which has provided around £1m of grants to small charities to combat the impact of Covid-19.  

He was High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 2013 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County in 2021. 

University Fellowships

A University Fellowship is bestowed upon persons of distinction or those who have rendered significant service to the University or to the community. Fellows join the University’s College of Fellows, which provides opportunities for the individual to support the University in ways that reflect their particular areas of expertise and experience, be that providing work placement opportunities for students, or guest lecturing, among many other ways. They serve as Ambassadors for the University, enhancing the University’s influence in the national and international communities.

In 2020, University Fellowships were bestowed upon:

Ian Fryer Peake MBE  

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After graduating from the University of Aberdeen, Ian commenced his career leading the Forestry Division for a private company in Kent. He then moved into HR management at the Royal Surrey County Hospital Trust. Ian joined the further education sector in Herefordshire in 1996 and, in 2004, was appointed Principal and Chief Executive of the former Herefordshire College of Technology, where he served until his retirement last year. Ian oversaw a series of mergers, incorporating several smaller colleges, to create Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College.

The College has had a consistently good quality record for its further and higher education, and invested heavily in capital improvements, including one of the Country’s few complete campus redevelopments in Hereford. Ian is particularly proud of the strong partnerships that have been established, especially with the University of Worcester. This longstanding, successful partnership facilitated the opening of the joint University Centre in Hereford and has significantly increased participation in higher education. Thanks to this partnership, Herefordshire-based students can now benefit from a range of locally delivered higher education programmes. Ian was awarded an MBE for services to education and was appointed Emeritus Governor at his college.   

Siân Hobday  

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Siân retired from the University in July 2020 after thirty-five years of distinguished service. 

Starting out from Worcester Technical College (as it was then) having completed an RSA Diploma for Personal Assistants, Siân worked her way from a Clerk Typist to founding Secretary of the University Executive and Head of the Vice Chancellor’s Office. During her time working at the University, she also became a graduate, completing a BA (Hons) Psychology in 2004. 

Siân played a seminal role in creating a thriving, successful University for the 21st Century. When consultations were launched, it was Siân who made sure that they were carried through; and that successive strategic plans attracted real support, with discussion and debate right across the University community  and the broader community – long before this became anything like a standard approach. Above all, Siân worked tirelessly to make certain that decisions of the University’s Executive Leadership and the Board of Governors were co-ordinated, carried through and brought to successful conclusions. In Siân’s capable hands, project after project turned from paper plan to living reality. 

Wayne Warren 

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Wayne began his career in education, teaching at a number of schools, including as Head of Art at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester in the early 1980s, before becoming Principal of Haddon Dene School and then Principal of Radlett Preparatory School from 1994 – 2013. 

Wayne has co-founded a number of art projects, including: Tag Fine Art in London, which promotes young artists; China Art Projects, which supports young Chinese artists in China, the UK and Australia, and Edge Projects, which has established a permanent exhibition space in Bethnal Green, London. In 2019, he became the Co-Director of Edgar Street/Pitt Project Space in Worcester, with a mission to develop a physical space where the public could access contemporary art and art exhibitions and, also, to link in with the cultural landscape of Worcester, working with the Worcester City Art Gallery, the Armoury, the University of Worcester and local schools.  

Wayne has curated a number of exhibitions during his long and successful career and, alongside his own art practice, has has spoken publicly about his experiences and regularly shares his knowledge with others. He recently completed a Master’s Degree in Cultural Leadership with the Royal Academy of Arts and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.