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University of Bradford degree honours for familiar faces
The former chief executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis are among those receiving honorary university degrees this month.
The University of Bradford’s graduation ceremonies take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and honorary recipients include Miles Scott, who spent six years at Bradford Teaching Hospitals before leaving earlier this year to take the helm at St George’s Healthcare Trust in London.
Mr Scott will be awarded for his achievements in clinical excellence and his commitment to teaching and research in the health sector.
Also receiving honorary degrees are award-winning travel writer and historian William Dalrymple for his contributions to creative writing, literature and the south Asian history fields; Dr Keith Howard OBE for his work in the fields of management research and publishing, and his philanthropic support to sports and the arts in West Yorkshire; Bradford’s Tony McHale, who will receive a Doctorate of Letters for his contribution to the fields of acting, playwriting and screenwriting; and Fazal Hussain MBE for his work and dedication as a community leader in Bradford, furthering the interests of the city’s Asian population and strengthening international links.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary said: “As ever, the University of Bradford is pleased to welcome these outstanding individuals at this year’s ceremony.
“It is our honour to take this opportunity to publicly recognise such distinguished colleagues, whose achievements go on to inspire our graduates and the next student generation.”
Horsforth actor Matthew Lewis, who appeared in all the Harry Potter movies, is to receive an honorary degree from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Matthew, who played Neville Longbottom in the hit films and starred in recently-screened BBC1 comedy drama The Syndicate, will receive an honorary Master of Arts for his contribution to the arts and charity work.
Also receiving honorary degrees from the university this month are Dr Mumtaz Kahn Akbar, founder and owner of the Mumtaz Food Group, who receives a degree in Business Administration, and former Telegraph & Argus journalist Martin Wainwright, receiving an arts degree.
Matthew started acting in TV dramas aged five, and was 11 when he landed the role of Neville in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. He was required to wear false buck teeth, shoes two sizes too big and plastic behind his ears to make them stick out.
Matthew, who is involved with charities including Yorkshire Kidney Research and Action For Children, recently completed filming a heist movie in Yorkshire co-starring Timothy Spall. Later this year he makes his West End debut in Our Boys alongside Laurence Fox.