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Olympic gold medallists to receive honorary awards

Writer: Holly Smith Image credit: LaPresse Gianmattia D'Alberto

Olympic gold medallists Adam Peaty and Hollie Webb will be among the recipients of Honorary Degrees from the University of Derby this November.

Born in Uttoxeter, Adam Peaty is a swimmer who won Team GB’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. His time of 57.13 seconds in the men’s 100m breaststroke final set a new world record and brought Britain its first men’s swimming gold in 28 years. He also scooped a silver medal as part of the men’s 4x100m medley relay.

Hollie Webb, who grew up in Belper and was educated at Ecclesbourne School, is part of the British women’s hockey team and Olympic gold medallist. She scored the winning goal against the Netherlands in the finals match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Each year notable people, with a strong connection to the University or to the wider region, are chosen to receive an Honorary Degree at one of the University’s Graduation Ceremonies.

Thousands of students and guests are expected to attend the next set of Award Ceremonies which will take place on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2016 at Derby Arena.

Other notable figures being receiving honorary rewards are:

  • David Coleman QPM, DL, BA – Former Chief Constable for Derbyshire (Honorary Doctor of the University)
  • Charles W. Haycock – Owner of William Haycock (Honorary Doctor of the University)
  • Sir Stephen Moss – Non-Executive Director at Health Education England (Honorary Doctor of the University)
  • Professor David Thomas – Honorary Canon Theologian of Derby Cathedral (Honorary Doctor of Letters)

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University said: “Graduation is a culmination of our students’ hard work and commitment and we are delighted to share this occasion with our honorands, all of whom have made an exceptional impact on their community or industry.”