Leaders in public life Sir Peter Fahy and Dame Janet Smith DBE are among the inspirational people to be honoured by the University of Bolton at this year’s Degree Congregation Ceremonies.

Sir Peter Fahy was, until recently, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, the United Kingdom’s third largest police force. He served 34 years as a police officer, including 13 of them as a chief constable in Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Today he is Chief Executive of the international children’s charity Retrak, which works to transform the lives of vulnerable and excluded children in Africa and South America.

Dame Janet Smith and Sir Peter FahyProud Bolton resident and retired high court judge, Dame Janet Smith, is perhaps best known as the judge who prepared The Shipman Inquiry, a report on the patient murders committed by Hyde GP Harold Shipman. She was appointed by the BBC to lead the inquiry into the sexual abuse committed by Jimmy Savile whilst employed by the broadcast organisation.

They are among nine honorary award recipients attending Degree Congregation Ceremonies on 13, 14 and 15 July at the University of Bolton when graduands, their friends and families will celebrate academic success.

This is the first time in the history of the University that graduation will be held on campus – in a bespoke pavilion, constructed for graduation on The Sward, a new open space between the Chancellor’s and Stoller buildings.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Professor George E Holmes DL said: ‘We are delighted to bring graduation home this year, giving graduands, their families and friends a very special day.

‘Among those celebrating achievements this year will be the first students to graduate from our Motorsport degrees, exciting profession-driven courses which are unique in the sector and are flourishing.

‘The plans for the brand-new, purpose-built National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) are well underway. The NCME is set to be the UK’s leading university provision for motorsport engineering, offering industry-driven and student-led academic programmes aimed at forming outstanding engineers who will shape the automotive industry in years to come. The centre will be a part of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) building, to be situated on Deane Road, next to Bolton College. This £13 million investment will provide first-class facilities in an environment that is unrivalled in academia.

‘The plans to extend the University into the heart of Bolton town centre continue apace. University House is due to open in the iconic Le Mans Crescent in August and the University is very pleased to announce that the new designs for the proposed £40 million student village on Cheadle Square have now been accepted in principle, by the university’s partner, Bolton Council. This is an extremely exciting phase in the ongoing development of the University of Bolton.’


The honorary graduands and their awards for July 2016 are:

Ismail Amla

Doctor of Business Administration (Hon.DBA) for his outstanding contribution to Business.


Sir Peter Fahy

Doctor of Social Science (Hon.DSocSci) for his outstanding contribution to Greater Manchester and to Charitable Works.


Professor David Ford OBE

Doctor of Divinity (Hon.DDiv) for his outstanding contribution to Higher Education.


Professor Michael Gunn

Doctor of Education (Hon.EdD) for his outstanding contribution to Higher Education.


Dame Janet Smith DBE

Doctor of Laws (Hon.LLD) for her outstanding contribution to the Legal Profession.


Mark Sheen

Doctor of the University (Hon.DUniv) for his outstanding contribution to the University of Bolton.


Martin Taylor

Master of Arts (Hon.MA) for his outstanding contribution to the University and to Public Musical Performance.


Lawrence Tomlinson

Doctor of Science (Hon.DSc) for his outstanding contribution to Motor Engineering and to Sport.


Dr Jin Yang

Doctor of Education (Hon.EdD) for his outstanding contribution to Higher Education.

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