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Tuesday 26 July 2022

Brighton & Hove Albion Women's Head Coach Among Pioneers & Change Makers Receiving Honorary Degrees

Leading contributors to the worlds of healthcare, sport, human rights, medicine, social care and the arts will receive honorary awards from the University of Brighton. 


The honorary graduates will share the stage with nearly 3,000 graduating students at the ceremonies taking place at the Brighton Centre (26-29 July) – the first time the University has been able to bestow honorary degrees since before the pandemic.  

Among those being honoured are Brighton & Hove Albion Women head coach Hope Powell CBE, record-breaking paratriathlete Joe Townsend, sustainable plastics entrepreneur Anna Bullus, and anti-death penalty campaigner Sunny Jacobs - who was sentenced to death in the United States before being exonerated. 

The University will also present its Alumni of the Year award to former Brighton student Jessica Starns, who drew on her own experience of living with dyspraxia to found the acclaimed life-changing charity Dyspraxic Me for dyspraxic young people.

Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: 

"Graduation is a time for celebration, and this year more than ever we celebrate the achievement of our amazing students after what has been a challenging time for them and for us all. 

"I'm delighted that we can also recognise and honour some truly incredible individuals for the mark they have made on our students, on people and businesses here in Brighton and all around the world.  

"This year"s honorary graduates have not only pushed the boundaries of their field for the benefit of society, but also reflect the values that are so important to us at Brighton – creativity, sustainability, partnership and inclusivity."    

Special award recipients are: 

Sunny Jacobs, Doctor of Laws – Tuesday 26 July (AM) 
Siobhan Melia, Doctor of Science – Tuesday 26 July (PM) 
Anna Bullus, Doctor of Arts – Wednesday 27 July (AM) 
Jessica Starns, Alumni of the Year – Wednesday 27 July (AM) 
Joe Townsend, Doctor of Science – Wednesday 27 July (PM) 
Hope Powell CBE, Doctor of Science – Thursday 28 July (AM) 
Gillian Cavell, Doctor of Science – Friday 29 July (AM) 
Helen Cammock, Doctor of Arts – Friday 29 July (PM) 
Sunny Jacobs

by: Mike Cobley




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