BBC journalist to receive honorary award

3 July 2023

UCLan to bestow Honorary Fellowship on broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire

A national broadcaster and a well-known local businessman are among four people who will receive special awards from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

BBC radio and TV broadcaster and journalist Victoria Derbyshire and EG Group co-founder Zuber Issa CBE will receive Honorary Fellowships during next week’s graduation ceremonies in Preston.

Burnley Council’s outgoing Chief Executive Mick Cartledge and Amanda Elwen, who has led and developed domestic abuse services within the county, will also be recognised.

Running from 10 to 14 July in the transformed Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, the University’s degree and award celebrations will see more than 4,000 students don their academic caps and gowns across 14 graduation ceremonies.

After taking to the stage, graduates and their guests will enjoy their post-event celebrations on University Square, in the heart of the Preston Campus.

To ensure family and friends around the world can watch the celebratory ceremonies, live streaming will be available on the University’s YouTube channel.

UCLan alumna Victoria will receive her award on Tuesday 11 July to acknowledge her significant contribution to journalism and broadcasting.

Blackburn-based businessman Zuber is being recognised for his significant contribution to business and charity, and in particular to Lancashire and the North West. He will receive his award on Monday 10 July.

Amanda will take to the stage on Thursday 13 July and is being acknowledged for her significant contribution to the development and management of domestic abuse services in Lancashire.

Mick, who will receive his award on Friday 14 July, is being recognised for his significant contribution and dedication to local government in East Lancashire.