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Katherine Grainger, Bob Shennan and Darren Henley receive honorary awards at Buckinghamshire New University

PUBLISHED: 10:06 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:06 27 October 2014

Katherine Grainger was thrilled to be honoured. Photo: Anita Ross Marshall

Katherine Grainger was thrilled to be honoured. Photo: Anita Ross Marshall

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Olympic rowing gold medallist Katherine Grainger, the BBC’s Director of Music Bob Shennan and Darren Henley, the Managing Director of Classic FM, are among the distinguished individuals who received honorary awards during a week of graduation celebrations at Buckinghamshire New University.

Katherine, Britain’s most successful international female rower; Bob, who is also Controller of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, and BBC Asian Network; and Darren, who was appointed an OBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List, joined 1,500 students at the Wycombe Swan Theatre.

In addition, Frances Alexander, who lives in High Wycombe, a former Chair of Wycombe District Council and Mayor of High Wycombe and current Chair of Wycombe Environment Centre; Charles Vernon, of Amersham Road, High Wycombe, a highly committed University supporter and recently-retired Group CEO of international company Gloster Furniture; and Barbara Poole, of Amersham, who is Chief Executive of the voluntary organisation People’s Voices, in High Street, Prestwood, were recognised at this year’s ceremonies.

They were joined by Brian Tranter, former Deputy Chair of Bucks New University’s Council, who lives in High Wycombe; Professor David Sines, former Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Society & Health at Bucks New University; and Dr Abdullah Dahlan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Business & Technology (UBT) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Katherine Grainger has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate to mark her success and achievements as an Olympic and World Champion rower. She says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to accept an Honorary Doctorate from Bucks New University. It was a wonderful surprise and huge honour when I received the letter, and having such close ties to High Wycombe makes it even more special.”

Professor Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor of Bucks New University, said: “It is with great pleasure that we bestow these honorary awards. Our awardees are chosen in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their fields and because they are an inspiration to our graduating students. Once again, we are proud to be awarding a celebrated group of individuals this year.”

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