Music entrepreneur alumna and sports star receive honorary awards

12 January 2018

Canterbury Christ Church University is delighted to announce a British athletics star and a music industry entrepreneur have received honorary awards at the University’s graduation ceremonies on Friday, 26 January.

Each year, the University confers Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships in recognition of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution within their fields and to acknowledge those who have contributed significantly to the University community.


Honorary Doctorate Dina Asher-Smith.

Rising star of British Athletics Dina Asher-Smith was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. The Olympic, World and European medallist became the first ever British woman to run the 100m in under 11 seconds at the London Anniversary Games in 2015, and holds the British records for both 100m and 200m. 

Dina also won a gold medal for the 200m in 2016 at the European Championship and is part of the quartet who hold the British 4 x 100m record, resulting in a bronze medal at the Rio Olympic Games.  

Jane Carter is an alumna of Christ Church, graduating in 1991, with a First Class BA (Hons) in Music and Business Education. 

She has more than 25 years of experience in the music industry and is known internationally for her expertise in publishing, recording and live performance.


Honorary Fellow Jane Carter.

Jane represents Oscar and BAFTA winning film and TV composers and has masterminded and produced the BBC Natural History concerts The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet which continue to tour globally. She also created and produced the War Horse BBC Prom with the National Theatre and the Wallace and Gromit Musical Marvels BBC Prom with Aardman Animations.

Before establishing her own company Jane held senior positions across the music industry and built an impressive track record working for the London Symphony Orchestra, Universal Music, The Music Sales Group, BBC Radio 3, Warner Music and BBC Worldwide.

Jane was awarded an Honorary Fellowship.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to honour Dina and Jane with these awards in recognition of their successful careers. They are both an inspiration for our students and their future careers and their contribution has had a meaningful impact upon the University, wider community and society.”  

Both Dina and Jane received their honorary awards in graduation ceremonies held on Friday, 26 January in Canterbury Cathedral.

Notes to Editor

  • The University awards Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates to celebrate extraordinary achievement. Honorary Fellows are awarded to individuals who have a substantial connection with the University, Kent or whose work is strongly associated with our University’s academic disciplines. Honorary Doctorates are recommended to those who have made an outstanding national or international contribution to public life.

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