Academic Year 2011/12
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Doctors in the academic year 2011/12:
Geraldine was born and educated in Kent and has worked in the local media industry since 1986. She started at the Midland News Association and moved on to Northcliffe Newspapers after obtaining her degree (BA (Hons) Business Studies). She came back to Kent in 1993 to join the KM Group (KMG), her family’s media company. Since 1993 Geraldine has held a number of positions within the company and in January 2006 she was promoted to Chairman.
In her role as Chairman she supports and encourages the ethos that ‘together we make a difference’ which underpins KMG’s work ‘to help make Kent a better place to live and work’. On 1 July 2011 Geraldine became President of the Newspaper Society (NS). She supports a number of charitable organisations, is a Trustee of the Canterbury Festival and a Kent Ambassador. Married for 17 years, Geraldine lives on the North Downs with her husband and two children.
Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah
A bdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and teaches at the University of Kent. He is the author of seven novels which include 'Paradise' - shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prizes, 'By the Sea' - longlisted for the Booker Prize and awarded the RFI Temoin du monde prize and 'Desertion' - shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.
The 'Last Gift' published by Bloomsbury in May 2011, is an astounding meditation on family, self and the meaning of home.
Admiral the Lord Boyce KG, GCB, OBE DL
Lord Boyce joined the Royal Navy in 1961 and his career culminated in his becoming First Sea Lord, professional head of the Royal Navy, in 1998 and then Chief of Defence Staff, professional head of the Armed Forces, from 2001 to 2003.
He was elevated to the peerage in 2003 and was appointed Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle in 2004.
Humphrey Ocean RA
Born in Sussex in 1951 Humphrey went to art schools in Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Canterbury. From 1971 to 1973 he was bass player with Kilburn and the Highroads.
Humphrey Ocean paints modern life in south London. Elected a Royal he recently exhibited Humphrey Ocean Perfectly Academician in 2004, Ordinary at Sidney Cooper Gallery on the site of Canterbury College of Art where he studied. A series of his new portraits will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery in September 2012.
Andrea Rose OBE
As Director of Visual Arts at the British Council, Andrea promotes Britain’s artists overseas and has been developing new relationships through the arts, for over two decades.
Working extensively in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, in 2002 she was invited by the Iranian Government to discuss a cultural programme – introducing them to British artists such as Henry Moore to Damien Hirst.
More recently, she has been involved in using the arts and culture to explore and appreciate the culture of others: the most recent example was to bring a statue of Yuri Gagarin to London together with an exhibition on the early Soviet space programme. Andrea’s most recent publication is ‘Gagarin in Britain’.