AJ Odudu to receive UCLan honorary award

5 December 2023

The TV presenter is being recognised with an Honorary Fellowship

A much-loved television presenter is among five people who are being honoured by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Blackburn’s AJ Odudu, who has hosted shows on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, will receive an Honorary Fellowship during next week’s graduation ceremonies.

Proud Prestonian John Chesworth, Executive Chairman of Harrison Dury, and Alison Robinson, former Chief Executive and Principal of Myerscough College, are also being recognised with Honorary Fellowships.

Honorary Doctorates are being bestowed upon Professor Helen Marshall OBE, who has dedicated her career to the higher education sector, and Lancastrian David Holmes OBE, who has spent nearly 40 years working at BAE Systems.

Between 12 to 14 December, nearly 2,500 students will don their academic caps and gowns across eight graduation ceremonies in the transformed Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.

After taking the applause on stage, graduates and their guests will enjoy their post-event celebrations in the University’s state-of-the-art Student Centre, based in the heart of the University’s Preston Campus.

Live streaming will also be available on the University’s YouTube channel to ensure family and friends around the world can watch the celebrations.

The award-winning AJ has hosted a range of leading formats and is one of television's leading presenters. She currently co-hosts ITV's Big Brother and 2023 has seen her broadcast live for Comic Relief, Eurovision and much more. She was also previously a finalist in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and hosted HBO game show The Bridge. AJ will receive her award on Wednesday 13 December to acknowledge her significant contribution to television presenting and broadcasting.

John, who is a solicitor and Chair of both the Preston Towns Fund Bid and the Preston Partnership, is being recognised for his significant contribution to the regeneration of the city. He will take to the stage on Tuesday 12 December.

Alison, who is being acknowledged for her significant contribution to the further education sector in Lancashire, will receive her award on Wednesday 13 December.

Helen, who will also take to the stage on Wednesday, is being recognised for her significant contribution to the higher education sector after holding senior positions at four universities.

Dave, the Managing Director of BAE’s FalconWorks, will receive his special award on Thursday 14 December for his significant contribution towards advanced aerospace manufacturing, technology and engineering.

*Photo credit to Nathan Gallagher