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Gallery: University Campus Suffolk announces Keeley Hawes as a recipient of one of their 2014 honorary awards

PUBLISHED: 15:56 05 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:56 05 September 2014

Keeley Hawes, who is getting an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk

Keeley Hawes, who is getting an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk

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Actress Keeley Hawes is to receive an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk.

The Spooks and Ashes to Ashes star is an ambassador for charity Childnet International, an organisation UCS has established a relationship with following work by one of their academics.

Hawes is one of seven people receiving honorary doctorates at the university’s awards ceremonies which are being held between September 27 and October 24.

She said: “I’m surprised and utterly delighted to be receiving this honorary degree.

“Having failed in almost every single subject I took at school, I can’t tell you how genuinely thrilling it is to actually receive something that makes me feel a little bit clever.

“Thank you to University Campus Suffolk, I can’t wait to come along, stand alongside the incredible graduates who worked so hard for their degrees, pick up my degree, and start showing it off to everyone I meet.”

Others picking up doctorates are Margaret Woods, creator of the Early Childhood Studies degree at Suffolk College, Professor Duncan Bell, a former senior doctor at Ipswich Hospital, Maggie Wheeler, a former chairman of what became the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Richard Nichol, former head of research at BT, Dr Ann Williams who retired last year as principal of West Suffolk College and Professor Ella Ritchie, a member of the International Unit Strategic Advisory Board of Universities UK.

There are also four people being made honorary fellows of the institution: Will King, the founder of King of Shaves, Judi Newman, a philanthropy advisor for charities in Suffolk, Howard Lay, Executive Principal of Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill and Chief Executive of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust and Anne Edwards, Editor of the Great Yarmouth Mercury.

9 comments

  • This is the lady who when asked after talking about her appearance in the new upstairsdownstairs remake and the similarities with Downton Abbey that she had never watched the very popular ITV show!! meaow

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    Yarn

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • @beerlover - and just to prove it, this from the very first paragraph of the ucs about us section: UCS is a new kind of institution – one that allows you to access the knowledge and resources of a range of partners along with our two validating universities, Centres throughout Suffolk and beyond, and the wider community... completely transparent about what it is... where's the con?

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    Scott Brock

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • @beerlover So where's the con? YOu even say yourself they call themselves university campus suffolk because it is a higher education college rather than an independent university. If it was a con, surely it would be calling itself Suffolk University when it's not entitled to? There's no con here, UCS us a perfectly legal business and name otherwise it wouldn't be called that. It is also clear in all it's marketing material exactly what the setup is... all students know they are studying for a uea and essex degree at a business owned by both. It's not a con or a fake but a means to an end which is to build an institution of which Ipswich and Suffolk can be proud. What will you do next year when UCS gains it's independence and the "university college" or "university" title? I suspect there'll still be some reason for you to be negative about it.

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    Scott Brock

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • @Scott Brock: UEA and Essex are genuine universities, but "University Campus Suffolk" is just a con name, trying to pretend that it's a properly recognised university rather than merely a college. Which is why they have to call it "University Campus Suffolk" rather than "Suffolk University". Just as dishonest are the signs on main roads into Ipswich proclaiming it as a "University town".

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    beerlover

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • @beerlover if i'd spent tens of thousands of pounds to have my degrees dismissed by people like you as being from a "fake" university I'd be more insulted than by what they annually hand out more for PR purposes to celebrities and VIPs. The degrees awarded by UCS are not fake, or from a fake university UEA and Essex are both fully fledged legally trading universities with the right to award degrees, and UCS is a legally trading higher education institution and business owned by them both. There is nothing fake about it.

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • If I'd spent thousands of pounds on tuition fees and worked hard for several years to earn a degree at this fake university, I'd be very upset to have my work devalued in this way just because the high-ups want to hob-nob with a cute-looking luvvie. (Apparently being cute-looking being all she's got going for her).

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    beerlover

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • "I can’t wait to come along, stand alongside the incredible graduates who worked so hard for their degrees, pick up my degree, and start showing it off to everyone I meet.” ...that actually sounds flippant and insulting towards all those other graduates who DID work long and hard for their degrees. Won't it make them feel like mugs when doctorates are thrown like cheap confetti at celebrities and businesspeople? So they're all "picking up doctorates" - in what (probably randomly assigned) subjects, anyway? And I note that Keeley Hawes doesn't even know the difference between a doctorate and a degree...

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    blue&white

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • "“Having failed in almost every single subject I took at school, I can’t tell you how genuinely thrilling it is to actually receive something that makes me feel a little bit clever." ..... Rather pointless then, isn't it?

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • omg!! she's fit!! Ill be their to watch that one. Come on, UCS !!

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    Roger RamsBottom

    Friday, September 5, 2014

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