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Honorary Doctorates awarded to leading figures in law, broadcasting and children's literature

29 January 2013

Justice of the Supreme Court, The Rt Hon the Lord Mance, legendary broadcaster Moira Stuart OBE, and internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books, Anthony Browne have received Honorary Doctorates from the University.

The Rt Hon the Lord Mance
The Rt Hon the Lord Mance

Professor Sue Piotrowski, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said: “The University is delighted to confer Honorary Doctorates upon The Rt Hon Lord Mance, Moira Stuart OBE and Anthony Browne. All three have shown outstanding achievement and distinction in their own fields and merit the recognition these awards bring.

“Lord Mance is one of this country’s leading legal professionals, at the pinnacle of his career and has made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession.

“As one of the best known news broadcasters in Britain, Moira Stuart is a consummate professional who has worked at the highest level in news for 30 years. She is an exceptional role model for our many media students wishing to pursue a long and successful career in broadcasting.

“Anthony Browne has achieved great success not only as an internationally recognised children’s author and illustrator, but also for his work in promoting literacy to school children. He has encouraged them to discover and love reading, with a particular focus on the appreciation of picture books.”

Upon the establishment of the Supreme Court in 2009, the highest court in the country, Lord Mance became a Justice of the Supreme Court. In 2005, The Queen appointed him Lord of Appeal in Ordinary; between 1999 and 2005 Lord Mance was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and from 1993 to 1999 he was a Judge of the High Court.

He has represented the United Kingdom on the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges from 2000 to 2011, being elected its first chair from 2000 to 2003. He currently chairs the Executive Council of the International Law Association and the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law.

Moira Stuart began her career in broadcasting in the 1970s when she was a BBC radio newsreader and continuity announcer. Transferring into television in 1981 she made history by becoming the first Black female newsreader in Britain, leaving in 2007 after three decades as one of the Corporations leading news broadcasters.

Moira Stuart OBE
Moira Stuart OBE

She returned to radio in 2010 working alongside Chris Evans on the award winning BBC Radio 2 breakfast show. When this show won two awards in 2011 from the Television and Radio Industries Club, Chris Evans hailed her as “the queen of broadcasting.”

Moira has served on diverse boards and judging panels from Amnesty International to BAFTA. Her career has been recognised in the industry with numerous awards and in 2001 she received an OBE for her services to broadcasting.

Anthony Browne is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books, with nearly 50 titles to his name, and from 2009 to 2011 he was the Children’s Laureate. During this time Anthony promoted the importance of picture books and children's illustration, keen to encourage children to be creative and use their imaginations, and to support the development of visual as well as verbal literacy.

Anthony Browne
Anthony Browne

Anthony had his first book, Through the Magic Mirror, published in 1976, and a number of other successful books followed. Gorilla, published in 1983, won an unprecedented number of awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the New York Times Best Illustrated Book and The Boston Globe Book Award. It is now universally accepted as a classic. One of his best-loved characters is the chimp, Willy, who has appeared in Willy the Wimp, Willy the Champ, Willy and Hugh and Willy the Wizard.

The awards were conferred at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 25 January.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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