Honorary fellowships were conferred on the following people in the July graduation ceremonies of 2010.
Mr Doug Scott CBE
In recognition of innovation and achievements in his professions of mountaineering and photography.
Doug Scott has made 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia. He has reached the summit of 40 peaks, of which half were climbed by new routes or for the first time in Alpine Style. Apart from his climb up the South West Face of Everest with Dougal Haston during Chris Bonington’s Expedition of 1975, he has made all his climbs in lightweight or Alpine Style, without the use of artificial oxygen.
He has reached the highest peaks on all seven continents – ‘the seven summits’ and is a past President of the Alpine Club and was made a CBE in 1994. In 1999 he received the Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Gold Medal. He was the first Briton to ascend Everest.
Mr Tom Bloxham MBE
In recognition of his contribution to the arts, architecture and urban regeneration.
Tom Bloxham (born 20 December 1963) was born in Hampshire, attended Tiffin School and the Victoria University of Manchester to study Politics & Modern History. At university he opened a music and poster shop and sold fire extinguishers door-to-door. After subletting portions of his unit, his career in property began, co-founding Urban Splash with architect Jonathan Falkingham MBE, and transforming disused buildings and brownfield sites into places in which people can live, work and play. Tom chairs the Manchester International Arts Festival, is a trustee of the Tate and the Manchester United Foundation and is former Chancellor of the University of Manchester. In 1998, at the age of 35 he was awarded an MBE for his services to architecture and urban regeneration.
Mr Andrew Humphries MBE
In recognition for his contribution to agricultural education, upland and community development and the Commoners movement.
Andrew Humphries started life as a shepherd in the Yorkshire Dales. He is a former lecturer, Assistant Director (Academic) and Director of the hill farm at UCLan’s Newton Rigg campus. Andrew played a pivotal role in helping the county recover from the foot and mouth epidemic in 2001; becoming a member of the Foot and Mouth enquiry panel. When he retired in 1997, he remained an Honorary Adviser on Land Use to UCLAN and was appointed to the Government Hill Task Force amongst other initiatives.
On common land issues, Andrew led the establishment of the Federation of Common Land and also the Foundation for Common Land – a charity that supports common land use through pastoralism in the public interest. In 2007 the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association nominated Andrew for the 2006 NSA George Hedley Memorial Award. He holds the TI Allinson Award for lifetime contribution to sheep farming in northern England from The National Sheep Association, is a holder of the Blamire Medal for services to Cumberland agriculture and was awarded Fellowship of the Council for Agricultural Awards of the Societies of Agriculture of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Andrew has written a number of books, chapters etc including work with Andy Goldsworthy on 'sheepfolds' and recently a publication on Hill Sheep Husbandry as a guide for non - farming professionals. He is currently working on the evolution and development of sheep breeds using Cumbria as a case study. Andrew is a Director and Trustee of the Foundation for Common Land, Honorary Member of the Federation of Cumbria Commoners and a Founding Panel Member of the Hadfield Trust.
The Right Honourable Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chris Smith
In recognition of his significant contributions to politics, culture and the environment.
Chris Smith was born in Barnet, studied English at Cambridge and completed a PhD with a thesis on Coleridge and Wordsworth. After serving as a Councillor he was elected to Parliament in 1983, and joined Blair’s Cabinet between 1997 and 2001 as Secretary of State for Media, Culture and Sport, succeeding to the House of Lords in 2005. He was one of the founding directors of the Clore Leadership Programme, is Chairman of The Wordsworth Trust and was the first MP to climb all the 3,000 ft "Munros" in Scotland. For six years, he was Chairman of the Environment Agency, and led the organisation through the UK winter floods of 2013 and 2014. Chris is currently the Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority, Chairman of the Art Fund, and from 2015 has been Master of Pembroke College in Cambridge.
Sir Chris Bonington CVO CBE DL
In recognition of his achievements in mountaineering and his support for youth organisations and outdoor education.
After School, Chris Bonington joined the Royal Fusiliers and was commissioned in the Royal Tank Regiment in 1956, serving three years in North Germany and two years at the Army Outward Bound School. This was followed by nine months working for Unilever, after which Chris decided to become a professional mountaineer, making numerous first ascents in the Alps and Himalayas. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent the South Face of Annapurna in 1970 and of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, and the CVO for services to Outward Bound in 2012, was president of the Council for National Parks for 8 years, is Non-Executive Chairman of Berghaus, Deputy Patron of the Outward Bound Trust and Patron of Community Action Nepal, British Mountaineering Council, The Mountain Heritage Trust and The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, and Chancellor of Lancaster University until 2014. Also Ambassador for the YHA
Reverend Professor Stephen Wright FRCN MBE
In recognition of his influential contributions to the development of nursing practice in the UK and his increasingly important contributions to practice in, and understanding of, the relationships between spirituality and wellbeing.
Stephen has had a distinguished career in academia at St Martins College in the Faculty of Health, and as a nurse in the NHS. He has co-authored two books exploring the nature of healing relationships and is currently a resident spiritual director for the Sacred Space Foundation, which helps those in spiritual crisis or seeking spiritual guidance. Stephen is also a trustee of several charities, active in his local church and is a Member of the Iona Community. He has a significant body of publications on the themes of spirituality, nursing and health, but is currently taking a ’sabbatical’ from his various editorships to concentrate on book writing. He works with organisations developing the practice of healing, spiritual care, leadership, conflict resolution and staff support, including an extensive programme with NHS Trusts on the development of compassion (see https://youtu.be/YUMBKXjgEN0). He is an ordained interfaith minister and spiritual director.
Lord Melvyn Bragg (Lord Bragg of Wigton) MA, DUniv, LLD, Dlitt, DCL, FRS, FRSL, FRTS, FBA
In recognition of his definitive contributions to media and the arts and for his role in their continuing development. (awarded July 2010)
Melvyn Bragg was born in Wigton, Cumbria in 1939, and read modern history at Wadham College, Oxford. Afterwards, he joined the BBC as a general trainee and became editor of BBC2's first arts programme, New Release. Since then he has become a leading figure in broadcasting; editing and presenting The South Bank Show for thirty-nine years and directed Specialist Factual and Arts programmes at ITV Studios in London. On BBC Radio 4, he presents In Our Time (1998 to present) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of The British Academy. In 1998 Melvyn Bragg was appointed to the House of Lords as a Labour life peer: Lord Bragg of Wigton. He has also written several screenplays and works of nonfiction, with three of his novels making the Man Booker longlist, and others winning prizes including the WH Smith Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Time Life Silver Pen Award.