The University of Nottingham recognises honorary graduates

Hope Powell 
19 Dec 2012 15:54:22.537
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The national coach of the England women’s football team, who led Team GB at London 2012, has been honoured by The University of Nottingham.

Hope Powell CBE, the youngest ever England coach and the first female coach of a national team, was one of four distinguished guests who received an honorary degree during this year’s winter graduation ceremonies.

She joined thousands of successful students celebrating the triumphant culmination of their studies, who formally received their degrees and became graduates of the University during ceremonies last week.
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Sporting achievement

Ms Powell was awarded an OBE in 2002 and a CBE in 2010. She works hard to promote the women’s game and is patron of the ‘Kick it Out’ campaign and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

She is an experienced international with 66 caps and 35 goals after starting out with Millwall Lionesses at the age of 11, eventually going on to win The FA Women’s Cup twice. In 2003 she became the first woman to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence — the highest coaching award available. More recently she led England to the World Cup quarter finals and the team’s highest ever FIFA ranking of sixth place, before leading Team GB Women at London 2012

Ms Powell received the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

Gilles Peterson

Broadcaster Gilles Peterson has had a long and illustrious career in broadcasting which began in the pirate radio movement in South London in the 1980s. He then went on to set up Civic Radio and present on a string of pirate stations before joining BBC London with the first ever dedicated jazz show ‘Mad On Jazz’ in1990. After spending time on Jazz and Kiss FM Gilles was recruited to Radio 1, which became home to his worldwide show for 13 years.

In 1986 he founded Acid Jazz Records; five years later his Talkin’ Loud label imprint received five Mercury Music Prize nominations, confirming his reputation as one of the country’s leading tastemakers.

Today, Gilles presents a weekly show on BBC Radio 6 Music, runs Brownswood Recordings, tours as a DJ and has been recording and compiling records ranging from his Havana Cultura Band to his latest release Black Jazz Radio. He has also published two books and is currently working on his third. He was awarded an MBE in 2004. Gilles also received the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

Ornella Barra

The Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division of Alliance Boots, Ornella Barra, received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

Ms Barra is already an Honorary Professor at The University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy and the founder of the first degree course in pharmacy taught in English at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Ornella started out her career as a pharmacist, first managing then setting up her own pharmacy, becoming the most powerful business women in the world in just a few years. She is currently responsible for wholesaling in 25 countries, retail and worldwide brand development outside of the UK and Ireland and Alliance Boots’ CSR activities.

Professor Luce Irigaray

Professor Irigaray, who was awarded a higher degree, a Doctor of Letters, is a leading philosopher of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is a Director of Research in philosophy at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in France.

In addition to holding a PhD in philosophy, she is also trained in linguistics, philology, psychology and psychoanalysis. Her work focuses on the elaboration of a culture of human subjectivity as sexuate, something she approaches through different disciplines: philosophical, scientific, political, and also poetic.

She is also the author of more than thirty books, including An Ethics of Sexual Difference (1985), I Love to You (1992), To Be Two (1997), Between East and West (1999), The Way of Love (2002), and Sharing the World (2008).

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has 40,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘the world’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2011.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research into global food security.

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