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Distinguished line-up for honorary degrees

Published 19 July 2012

Johnny Ball, the man who taught generations of children to count, and Harvey Goldsmith, the legendary rock impresario who brought the world Live Aid, are among a host of eminent people to be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Brighton this month

The university's degree ceremonies take place in the week beginning 23 July. Those being recognised include a range of distinguished figures who have made important contributions to society.

Johnny Ball is being honoured for taking a leading role in popularising maths and science. The prolific broadcaster and author has won everything from a BAFTA and an Emmy nomination to a Silver Medal for the Public Understanding of Engineering from the Research Assessment Exercise. He has authored science and maths books which have been translated around the world, and has also written seven educational stage musicals. He has given countless public speeches, presentations and maths masterclasses up and down the country and acted as an Ambassador for British Engineering.

Johnny Ball

Johnny Ball


Harvey Goldsmith is being awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to music and humanitarian causes. He began his career at Brighton College of Technology where, as a pharmacy student, he founded Club 66, a successful weekly student live music venue, and organised larger events at the Brighton Metropole. Just a decade later he had established Wembley Stadium as a major international venue. A pioneer of the global charity concert, he promoted the first major global TV event “The Concerts for Kampuchea”, featuring artists including Queen and The Who.

In 1985 he organised Live Aid with Bob Geldof. Since then he has produced, managed and promoted charity concerts, TV broadcasts and rock concerts with some of the world's best-known musicians, including the Rolling Stones, Madonna and the Scissor Sisters. The nomination recognises his skills in bringing a range of music genres to the masses.

Harvey Goldsmith

Harvey Goldsmith


There are eight other distinguished individuals being given honorary degrees. They have made major contributions in areas spanning politics, health, the arts and sport. They are:

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Prior to his appointment to the RSA, he was chief adviser on political strategy to the then Prime Minister Tony Blair. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work in politics and the arts.

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor


Professor Sir Alex Markham, Professor of Medicine at the University of Leeds, director of the Molecular Medicine Unit at St James's University Hospital and chairman of the NHS Connecting for Health Research Capability Programme. He has made contributions to medical science in various fields. He was involved in the worldwide development of DNA Fingerprinting for forensic and medico-legal applications which was recognised by the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement in 1990. Professor Markham received a knighthood in the 2008 New Year’s Honours for services to medicine.

Alex Markham

Professor Sir Alex Markham


Professor Baroness Ruth Lister is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and a Labour peer. A former director of the Child Poverty Action Group and now its honorary president, she served on the Commission on Social Justice, the Opsahl Commission into the Future of Northern Ireland, the Commission on Poverty, Participation and Power, the Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty and the National Equality Panel. She is a founding academician of the Academy for Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2009. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Social Policy Association in 2010.

Baroness Ruth Lister

Professor Baroness Ruth Lister


Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum in London will be awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work in promoting British architecture and design. Devan trained as an architect but he chose not to practice and has worked as a critic, a curator and an editor. In 2004 he was awarded the Bicentenary Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for the promotion of design and was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was awarded an OBE in 2000.

Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic


David Lepper was Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion constituency from 1997-2010, winning and holding the seat at three General Elections. He worked for many years in local politics serving as a local councillor before entering Parliament and was the Labour leader of Brighton Council during the mid-1990s. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work in politics and education and his work in the Brighton and Hove area.

David Lepper

David Lepper


Ghazi Hussein Nujeidat, sports supervisor in the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport, responsible for 54 communities in Galilee, and for international relations in sport. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work in promoting and using sport in the service of inter-community relations and peace building between Jewish and Arab people in Israel. Ghazi has been a key figure in the architecture and development of the Football for Peace programme, and it is around him that the University of Brighton has been able to build a strong working relationship with the Sports Authority for Israel.

Ghazi Hussein Nujeidat

Ghazi Hussein Nujeidat


Professor Dame Linda Partridge is the director of the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing and founding director of the new Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including giving the Royal Society Croonian Lecture in 2009 and was awarded a DBE for services to science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Dame Linda Partridge

Professor Dame Linda Partridge

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