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Chancellor Sir Bob Murray also offered his congratulations to those receiving university honours this week.
Olympic diving coach Ady Hinchliffe, Oscar-winning Sound Editor Ben Wilkins and Nahid Rasool, the Chief Executive of an inspirational women’s community centre, all received university honours.
Ady Hinchliffe was Head Coach for the City of Leeds Diving Club, home to six of the current British podium divers, for over 20 years. His leadership of the team resulted in Leeds divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears taking gold for Team GB in Rio in 2016, and Jack winning another silver. Ady was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science for his world-class services to sport coaching.
Sir Bob said: “Ady has managed to accomplish what no diving coach in the world has ever done. To start a club from the bottom and raise it to international in the diving world – from National Skills medallists to Olympic champions – is truly remarkable.
“He has dedicated himself to the club and divers, and helped so many to achieve national and international success with his world-class coaching skills. Leeds diving under Ady’s stewardship has never been stronger, and as an alumnus of the University, we couldn’t be prouder of him as we award him this Honorary Doctorate.”
Ben Wilkins, the Oscar and BAFTA-winning Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer at Warner Bros, received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts . The influential artist, who has edited and mixed award-winning soundtracks for dozens of well-known films and TV projects, including Whiplash, Star Trek, Twister, The Walking Dead and The Sopranos, was officially recognised for his contribution to music and film.
Sir Bob said: “We are delighted to recognise Ben’s huge contribution to music and film. Receiving both an Oscar and BAFTA for his work is testament to his immense talent and he has demonstrated that passion, combined with hard work, can lead to enormous success.
“As well as creating well-known soundtracks for numerous films, Ben has also inspired our students first hand, which makes this award even more special. In 2016, he spent a week as a visiting artist at the University and included the MA Music for Film, MA Sound Recording and Design, and BA (Hons) Filmmaking students in the mixing of the University Cluster Bid funded feature length documentary film, Mansfield 66/67.”
Nahid Rasool is Chief Executive of the Shantona Women’s Centre, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her contribution to the public and voluntary sector in Leeds. Nahid has been Chief Executive of the Shantona Women’s Centre for the past 18 years and was officially recognised by the University for her commitment to empowering communities in Leeds.
Nahid said: “I’m delighted to receive this award and it’s brilliant that the Shantona Women’s Centre has been recognised for the amazing work it carries out. What makes this award even more special is that I completed my Masters in Business Administration at Leeds Beckett in 2008, which has really helped me shape the Shantona Women’s Centre into a more successful, sustainable organisation.”
Also receiving an honorary award was Dr Bob Price OBE, an international pioneer for the progression of disabled athletes, who graduated from the Carnegie School of Sport in 1970 with a PE degree. Bob was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science for his global services to disability sport.
The full list of the nine honorary degrees awarded by Leeds Beckett University was: