Fred Dinenage To Get Honorary Degree

Almost 2,600 students will graduate from Southampton Solent University this month during the University's annual graduation ceremonies at Southampton Guildhall.

Students will graduate with degrees and professional qualifications during 10 ceremonies from 19-23 November, in subjects ranging from journalism to sport science and business management to TV and film production. 

Southampton Solent University Chancellor, Admiral The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead, and the Chair of the Board of Governors, Grahame Sewell, will preside over the graduation ceremonies, which will also be available to friends and relatives on a live webcast.

 Professor Van Gore, Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University, says: 

"The graduation ceremonies are the highlight of the University's year, when we celebrate the achievements of our students and our staff. The academic excellence and 'real world' skills secured at Solent University are crucial to the individual and to future economic growth. Warmest congratulations to everyone who will be graduating this year." 

The University will also be presenting honorary degrees to academics and professionals who have made an outstanding contribution in their field of expertise, including: 

" Dr Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin (Doctor of Technology) 

" Television presenter, newsreader, journalist and writer, Fred Dinenage (Doctor of Media) 

" Lindsey Fraser, Olympian, Team GB diving coach and Director of Coaching at Southampton Diving Centre (Doctor of Sport) 

" Internationally renowned musician, song writer and producer, Trevor Horn (Doctor of Music) 

" Television producer and comedy writer, John Lloyd CBE (Doctor of Media) 

" Multi award-winning film director, writer and producer, Sir Alan Parker CBE (Doctor of Arts) 

" Ted Polhemus, anthropologist, writer and photographer (Doctor of Arts) 

" Svein Steimler, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, NYK Europe (Doctor of Maritime Operations) 

" Unilever's Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Keith Weed (Doctor of Business) 

" Technicolor UK's Head of Digital Cinema Operations, Richard Welsh (Doctor of Technology)