Honorary Graduates urge students to apply for their dream jobs

Over 3,000 students graduated from the university last week during four days of ceremonies at Lincoln Cathedral.

Friends and family filled the Cathedral to watch the latest graduates pick up their degrees from the university’s chancellor, Lord Victor Adebowale CBE.

Amongst those at the ceremony was “Inspector Morse” creator Colin Dexter OBE, who was made an honorary graduate by the university.


Doctor of Letters Colin Dexter OBE autographs a programme for one of the lecturers at the graduation. Photo: Jamie Freshwater

Dexter, who was made Doctor of Letters, told his fellow graduates they’d find a job if they “managed to get their head down” during their course.

He said: “If you were really interested enough in the subject you were studying to really get carried away, there’s not much you wouldn’t do in life.”

On hearing about receiving the honour, the 81 year old writer said he was “so happy as soon as Lincolnshire was mentioned”.

“Lincoln is a lovely city,” said Dexter. “I have very very much have enjoyed today. Inspector Morse would have done too, as he was like me in so many ways.”

Roger Mosey, head of London 2012 coverage at the BBC, said he was “incredibly honoured” after also being made a Doctor of Letters.

He said: “It’s the kind of thing that you never think you will be given to you. I’m especially so proud because I love Lincoln as a city.”

Despite admitting “the job market is tough”, Mosey told graduates “if there’s something you really want to go for, go for it”.

Other 2011 honorary graduates include Lord Norton of Louth, one of the UK’s top experts of Parliament, who received the Doctor of Laws. Professor Pat Carlen received the same honour from the law department for her internationally read work on criminology.

The scientist who led the campaign to ban smoking in public places, Professor Sir Alex Markham, received the Doctor of Science. Director general of the Confederation of British Industry, John Cridland, received the Doctorate of Business Administration.

Art critic Doctor Richard Cook and historian Doctor Jonathan Foyle both received the Doctor of Arts for their contribution to broadcasting.

Disability campaigner and consultant Dame Philippa Russell DBE received the Doctor of the University.

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