University Recognises Contributions To The Community

12 October 2011

Tom Levitt

Former Labour MP for the High Peak, Tom Levitt will be awarded an Honorary Degree in December at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton.

Two high profile High Peak figures will be recognised for their dedication to the area when they receive Honorary degrees from the University of Derby Buxton at its upcoming Awards Ceremony.

Former Labour MP for the High Peak, Tom Levitt, and the Managing Director of the Heights of Abraham, Andrew Pugh, will both receive Honorary Doctorate awards at the graduation ceremony, which takes place in the University's iconic Devonshire Dome on Saturday 3 December 2011

Tom Levitt, 57, is a familiar and respected figure in the High Peak community, well known for his involvement in politics on a regional and national stage for many years. After four years as member for Buxton North on Derbyshire County Council, he became the Member of Parliament for High Peak in 1997 and remained an MP until 2010.

Tom's links with the University of Derby began when he helped the University to acquire the former Devonshire Royal Hospital - the iconic Grade II* Devonshire Dome - which after a £20m refurbishment completed in 2005 became the bustling heart of the University's Buxton Faculty, where he will collect his award.

On hearing he is to receive the Honorary Award, Tom Levitt said: "I feel very honoured. I am aware of how important the University of Derby Buxton is to the people of the High Peak, and I am proud that I played a part in bringing High Peak College and the University of Derby together and securing the stunning building as its campus."

Also receiving an honorary award on 3 December is Andrew Pugh, who has been responsible for leading the restoration and development of popular Peak District visitor attraction the Heights of Abraham over the last 30 years.

Mr Pugh's family acquired the man-made wooded hillside and redundant lead mines in 1974, and worked hard to develop it into one of Derbyshire's premier visitor attractions. The Heights of Abraham now welcome around a quarter of a million visitors each year, who come to enjoy stunning views of the Derwent Valley, enjoy walks through the hilltop park, explore the underground caverns and ride its landmark cable car system,

Andrew is also the Chairman of the Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Tourist Board, working to ensure the Peak District and Derbyshire remain firmly on the map as a popular destination for national and international visitors.

On hearing about his Honorary Award from the University of Derby Buxton, Andrew said: "I was surprised and delighted to hear that I am to receive an honorary degree. It has been my pleasure, as Chairman of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, to work closely with the University to create a marketing strategy for the Peak District and Derbyshire which has established it as an international visitor destination.

"I look forward to meeting all of my fellow graduates and enjoying the proceedings in December."

The University of Derby Buxton's Awards Ceremony takes place on Saturday 3 December, and will include a parade through the town to St Anne's Church, led by Fairfield Brass Band, followed by the awards ceremony at the Dome.

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