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Honorary Fellowship for national broadcaster

10 July 2013

Georgia Smith

UCLan celebrates success of alumna Ranvir Singh

The new University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Honorary Fellow Ranvir Singh who was rewarded for her contribution to broadcasting.

National television broadcaster Ranvir Singh has received an Honorary Fellowship from her home city university.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) alumna received the prestigious award for her contribution to broadcasting at the University’s School of Journalism and Digital Communication graduation ceremony.

The Daybreak news presenter returned to her native Preston and donned her cap and gown in front of 1,500 graduates, family members and UCLan staff.

“This is a special thing. It’s forming a long lasting bond with my home city. It was gut-wrenching to leave Preston but it’s also great to be back again.”

Ranvir said: “It’s surreal, it’s really, really wonderful. It’s great that not only am I receiving this fellowship, but it’s also sunny for once. This is a special thing. It’s forming a long lasting bond with my home city. It was gut-wrenching to leave Preston but it’s also great to be back again.”

Born in the city, she gained her postgraduate degree in journalism at UCLan and went on to work at BBC Radio Lancashire.

She worked her way through various producing, reporting and news reading roles for BBC Radio Manchester before moving to television. She joined BBC North West Tonight in 2004 as a reporter covering topics such as education. Just a few years later in 2007, Ranvir was asked to be a permanent presenter of the show alongside legendary Gordon Burns.

“Don’t be dazzled by the glory of being on television. It’s hard work; there are thankless tasks and long shifts. You can’t be wishy-washy because it will eat you up and spit you out.”

When accepting her Honorary Fellowship in Preston’s Guild Hall, Ranvir gave a few words of advice to the journalists of the future. She said: “Don’t be dazzled by the glory of being on television. It’s hard work; there are thankless tasks and long shifts. You can’t be wishy-washy because it will eat you up and spit you out.”

She now juggles her career with raising her son; presenting the News Hour every weekday morning on ITV, and hosting news bulletins throughout Daybreak. She is also a regular guest on the channel’s popular daytime programme, This Morning.

Ranvir cites receiving her fellowship as one of the proudest moments in her professional career.