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Jon Moulton

Doctor honoris causa in letters

Jon Moulton is chairman and founder of private equity firm Better Capital. He is a chartered accountant, holds a degree in corporate finance and is a member of the Society of Turnaround Professionals. A former Managing Partner of Alchemy, Jon also previously worked with Citicorp Venture Capital in New York and London, Permira and Apax.

Jon is a trustee and lead donor to the JP Moulton Charitable Foundation and the Jon Moulton Charity Trust, which has committed some £49m to clinical trials. Jon is also a trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation. He was a director of the listed company Battle Against Cancer Investment Trust (BACIT Ltd). Jon is the non-executive chairman of Infex Therapeutics and until recently was chairman of FinnCap, the stockbroker and international stock exchange. He is a member of ICAEW’s Technical Strategy Committee and their Corporate Finance Faculty.

Professor Dinah Birch CBE

Doctor honoris causa in letters

Professor Dinah Birch is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool.

Dinah has published widely on Victorian fiction and poetry, as well as the work of John Ruskin. Her books include Our Victorian Education and she is the editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature. She has recently published new editions of several books with Oxford University Press and was a member of the jury for the Man Booker Prize. She contributes regularly to the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. Among others, her external roles include that of President of the British Association for Victorian Studies and former Chair of the Advisory Board of The Ruskin.

She was awarded a CBE in 2016, for her services to higher education, literary scholarship and cultural life.

Professor Dave Goulson

Doctor honoris causa in science

Dave Goulson is a professor of biology at the University of Sussex, specializing in the ecology of bees.

He has published over 300 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects, as well as seven books, including the Sunday Times bestsellers A Sting in the Tale, the Garden Jungle in 2019 and Silent Earth in 2021 .

Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which now has 12,000 members. In 2015, he was named eighth in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s list of the 50 most influential people in conservation. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, he was named a “Highly Cited Researcher” by Thompson ISI. He is a trustee of the Pesticide Action Network, an ambassador for the UK Wildlife Trusts and chairman of Pesticide Free Scotland.

Professor John Drew, CBE

Doctor honoris causa in law

John Drew graduated from Lancaster University in 1974 with a degree in history and politics. While there, he was twice elected president of the Student Representative Council. Lancaster University gave John a lifelong commitment to social justice, which led to him becoming a social worker and eventually director of social services in East London. In 2009 he became chief executive of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, where he led the reduction of the number of children in prison from 3,200 to 1,250 over four years. A total of 30,000 young people have been spared unnecessary prison sentences thanks to these reforms.

Gabriel Meyer

Doctor honoris causa in letters

Poet-journalist Gabriel Meyer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has lived and worked in the Middle East, the Balkans and East Africa. He was particularly acclaimed for his coverage of the first Palestinian Intifada and the Bosnian war. His Sudan civil war journalist’s paper, War and Faith in Sudan (Eerdmans), won ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year award for essays in 2006. He is also widely known for his published poems and novels .

Gabriel has been involved with the historic Ruskin Art Club since 1998 and is currently its Executive Director.

Ikponwosa “IK” Ero

Doctor honoris causa in law

IK Ero is a lawyer and defender in the field of international human rights. She is the first independent UN expert on the enjoyment of human rights by people with albinism and has played a key role in bringing global attention to the issues facing people with albinism in Africa and around the world. She led international advocacy efforts on harmful practices related to the accusation of witchcraft and ritual attacks, which resulted in a landmark resolution at the UN in 2021.

IK is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2020 International Advocate Award from the US Council on Disabilities and in 2017 was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by Pan African Magazine.

Luis Just OBE

Doctor honoris causa in law

Luis was born in Avila, Spain and graduated from CEU San Pablo University in Madrid. He obtained a master’s degree in economics from University College Dublin. Luis started his career at Santander in 1989 working in institutional banking in Madrid. He then held various international management positions. He joined the Santander Universities Global Division in 2000 and was later appointed Director of Santander Universities UK. The position allowed him to establish partnerships and collaborative agreements with more than 75 universities.

In April 2013 Luis became Commercial Director, Santander Universities Global until his retirement in 2017. Luis received an OBE for services to higher education in 2016.

Professor Juergen Maier CBE FREng FIET FCGI

Doctor honoris causa in science

Juergen Maier is a British-Austrian businessman and the former managing director of Siemens UK, a position he held from July 2014 to December 2019 after joining them in 1986 as a graduate engineer with a BSc in engineering production facility at Nottingham Trent University. Juergen can also be described as an industrialist and a business adviser. He is chairman of Digital Catapult, which is the UK’s authority on advanced digital technology. He is co-founder of vocL – a platform for responsible corporate voices, and is vice-chairman of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership where he supports the drive for green reindustrialisation in the North of England.

He received a CBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honors List.

Dr Shakti Karunanithi

Doctor honoris causa in science

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi is the current Director of Public Health for Lancashire County Council and has been at the forefront of the local response to Covid-19. During the pandemic, Sakthi chaired the Lancashire Resilience Forum, a joint intelligence and planning group that supported the management of Covid-19 across the region. Sakthi also became a regular reassuring presence on local and national media during this period.

Sakthi has a demonstrable track record of working in the NHS, local government and industry with her breadth of knowledge feeding into programs aimed at improving health outcomes and reducing inequalities by promoting wellbeing and fitness, preventing disease and improving the quality of life in the UK population.

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