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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.

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