Honorary fellowships were conferred on the following people in the November graduation ceremonies of 2009.
The Right Honourable Lord Clark of Windermere PC DL
In recognition of his significant service to politics, the environment, communities and sport. (awarded November 2009)
David Clark grew up in Westmorland, attending Bowness Boys and later Windermere Grammar School. Leaving school at 16, he began his working life as a forest worker before moving to work in a cotton mill in Lancaster. He entered Manchester University as a mature student gaining a BA (Econ), MSc and PhD. After lecturing at Salford and Manchester Universities he was elected to Parliament in 1970. After 14 years in the shadow cabinet he joined Tony Blair’s cabinet in 1997, masterminding the Freedom of Information Act. On leaving the House of Commons in 2001 he entered the Lords. The following year he was appointed the Chair of the Forestry Commission – the first forest worker to achieve the role. Later he became a director of Sellafield and after years of standing on the terraces, joined the Board of Carlisle United. He is President of the Ramblers in Cumbria and has completed the ‘Wainwrights’ five times. In 2007, he was appointed chair of the Lake District Partnership and the World Heritage Sire bid. He has had six books published and is Visiting Professor in History and Politics at the University of Huddersfield.