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06 December 2012

Rachel Atkinson

University celebrates degree and award ceremonies 2012

The recipients of the prestigious University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) honour have joined 1,400 students at this year's Degree and Award ceremonies.

UCLan has bestowed six Honorary Awards during this year’s prestigious Degree and Award ceremonies at Preston’s Guild Hall.

On this page you will find: Russell Hogarth, Gulab Singh MBE, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Professor Charles Davis and Cliff Bashforth

Honorary Fellowship

Russell Hogarth – is acknowledged for his voluntary work to support the University with particular focus on mental health issues. The Prestonian spent 25 years running his own companies but took early retirement to focus on charity work. He has volunteered for the Primary Care Trust, local schools, mental health charities and UCLan, where he has established service users and advisory groups and organised a mental health awareness film festival.

Honorary Fellow Russell Hogarth


Honorary Fellowship

Gulab Singh MBE – is acknowledged for his contribution to equality and diversity issues and also voluntary work in Preston. The UCLan alumnus has spent more than 37 years working within the public health area for the NHS. He has also dedicated more than 35 years to undertaking voluntary work for community organisations and charities within the city, including teaching public health and linking with the Healthy Settings Unit at UCLan.

Honorary Fellow Gulab Singh MBE


Honorary Doctorate

Dr Bharrat Jagdeo – is recognised for his contribution to sustainability and environmental issues. In 1992 he became a Member of Parliament for Guyana and progressed up the political ladder until he was appointed President in 1999. He spent more than a decade in charge but stood down to focus his efforts the scientific, economic and social dimensions of climate change with special reference to Guyana in preserving the Amazon Rainforest.

Honorary Doctorate Dr Bharrat Jagdeo


Honorary Fellowship

Professor Charles Davis – is recognised for his contribution to neurosurgery and neuro-oncology. After undertaking his training in London he moved north in 1987 to become a consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal Preston Hospital. During his career he has been responsible for creating a neurosurgery centre of excellence and has become an esteemed member of research and working groups. He has also collaborated with UCLan, leading to his Honorary Clinical Professorship.


Honorary Fellowship

Cliff Bashforth - is recognised for his contribution to image consultancy. He started his working life in electrical retail but, after a spell with Wella, he created his image consultancy Colour Me Beautiful. During the past 24 years the award-winner has worked with many major companies, including British Airways, Marks & Spencer, Peugeot and Boots. Cliff has been recognised for his services throughout the industry and has recently conducted image consultation workshops and seminars for UCLan staff and students.

Honorary Fellow Cliff Bashforth