Honorary Graduates from Teesside University
Each year we confer honorary awards upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievement in their field.
Recipients come from the worlds of science, art, academia, industry, politics, medicine, entertainment and include former staff and students. Honorary graduates include Steve McClaren, Richard Griffiths, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ray Harryhausen.
The honorary awards are conferred at the final awards ceremony of Academic Awards week, in November each year.
2012 Honorary Graduates
Alan Davey, Doctor of Art
Alan comes from Billingham. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Arts Council England in 2007. Prior to this he was Director for Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, having previously worked in the Department as Head of the Arts Division. Alan is a passionate advocate of the role of art in university and public life.
Eric Leong, Doctor of Art
Eric Leong is a renowned interior designer in Malaysia and has worked in the industry for over 20 years. He presents a long-running Malaysian television programme on interior design. Eric is known in Malaysia as The Design King and is internationally renowned for the imagination and quality of his work. He has made a major international contribution to design education, including delivering master classes to MA students at our University. He was awarded his honorary degree at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.
Harry Pearson, Doctor of Letters
Harry comes from Middlesbrough. He is a writer on sport – notably the author of The Far Corner (runner up in the 1995 British Sports Book of the Year award) and Slipless in Settle (which won the 2011 Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year award). Harry has written for the football magazine When Saturday Comes for over 20 years, he is also a former contributing editor to GQ magazine and is sports columnist for the Guardian.
Stephen Purdham, Doctor of Business Administration
Steve is an alumnus of the University, graduating with a BSc Computer Science. He enjoys building technology companies, such as SurfControl Plc which he jointly founded and guided through hyper growth, eventually employing over 750 people in 14 countries with profitable revenues of over $120m before being acquired in 2007 - Identum, a small spin out from Bristol University which was sold to Trend Micro Inc and more recently he is the co-founder and CEO of the UK digital music company We7, an online jukebox. He was a founder investor in the company with former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel. Tesco has recently acquired We7.
Bill Scott, Doctor of Business Administration
Bill is the founder and Chief Executive of the Wilton Group, the Teesside-based engineering group. The Group was founded in 1994 as Wilton Engineering Services and has massively grown and expanded since then, now employing over 800 people with an annual turnover of over £85m. He was named North East Business Executive of the Year last year and is a major supporter of local charities.
Professor Bev Skeggs, Doctor of Letters
Bev Skeggs was born in Middlesbrough. She is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Bev is one of the most prominent sociologists of her generation and is the joint managing editor of the 100-year old Sociological Review. Her work is in the areas of women’s studies and cultural studies, as well as sociology. Bev is an elected Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.
Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, Doctor of Business Administration
Sir Ian comes from Stockton-on-Tees. He was, until this year, Deputy Chairman of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund advisory panel. He is a former Chairman of the Port of Tyne, former Executive Chairman of UK Land Estates and former Chairman of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. He is the former Member of Parliament for Teesside Thornaby, and later Stockton South, and has previously served as Deputy Chairman of the University Board of Governors.