18th July 2003

 

HONORARY AWARD FOR TOP ACADEMIC

 

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester will take a busmanís holiday later this month.

 

Sir Martin Harris CBE will be guest of honour at one of the University of Lincolnís awards ceremonies at Lincoln Cathedral, where he will receive an honorary Doctorate of Letters.

 

Sir Martin was formerly Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Salford and Vice Chancellor of the University of Essex, and he has been at the helm of the University of Manchester for the past 11 years.

 

A linguist by discipline, he studied at Cambridge and read for his PhD at the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London.

 

He began his career lecturing in French and Linguistics at the University of Leicester before moving to the University of Salford, where he became first Professor of Romance Linguistics and then Pro Vice Chancellor.

 

After two years as Vice Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals (or CVCP, now Universities UK), he became Chairman of that organisation in August 1997 and served for two years.

 

He now leads for Universities UK on all matters related to health and has been a Commissioner for Health Improvement.

 

An honorary fellow of Queenís College, Cambridge, Sir Martin was knighted in the Millennial Honours List and holds honorary doctorates from four universities.

 

He will receive his honorary award at Lincoln Cathedral at 11.30am on Wednesday 30th July 2003.

 

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University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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