Former Minister for the Arts receives honorary award
23 January 2019
Lord Alan Howarth of Newport has received an honorary award from Canterbury Christ Church University as part of the University’s graduation celebrations.
Each year, the University awards Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates in recognition of outstanding service, contributions or achievements in the fields of education or public life.
This month, Alan Howarth received an Honorary Doctorate.
Lord Howarth was a Member of Parliament for 22 years and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005. His ministerial responsibilities have included schools, higher education, science, employment, disability and the arts.
As a Minister for the Arts, he developed a joint programme of work with the Department of Health. He is founder and Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, which published Creative Health in 2017.
He is also President of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.
Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lord Howarth to our University community and present him with this award.
“Lord Howarth has been a leading light in developing the use of arts as part of a national health and wellbeing strategy. Our award is in recognition of his successful career and commitment to his work within the field of arts, health and wellbeing.”
Lord Howarth received his award on Friday, 25 February in Canterbury Cathedral.