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31st August 2011, 6:23pm
Inspector Morse creator among leading lights to be honoured at Lincoln graduation
Celebrated crime writer Colin Dexter Celebrated crime writer Colin Dexter OBE will be among the illustrious list of personalities honoured by the University of Lincoln during its graduation ceremonies next week.

Dexter, who was born in Stamford in Lincolnshire, has penned thirteen Inspector Morse novels - introducing the world to the much-loved detective in 1975 - and a number of short story collections. The University will honour him with the award of Doctor of Letters at Lincoln Cathedral.

Professor Simon Barker, Head of the Lincoln School of Humanities, said: “In honouring Colin Dexter in this way the University pays tribute to a writer of great style and intelligence, who has not only served as a teacher and scholar, but is responsible for the creation of one of the most enduring figures of modern popular fiction, as well as an unrivalled phenomenon in the world of television entertainment.”

Joining the writer will be TV historian Dr Jonathan Foyle, the BBC’s Director of London 2012 Roger Mosey, and one of the world’s foremost art critics and broadcaster Dr Richard Cork.

The man once described as the “greatest living expert on Parliament” Lord Norton of Louth, John Cridland CBE – the youngest director of the CBI who was instrumental in introducing the minimum wage in the UK – and leading disabilities campaigner Dame Philippa Russell, DBE, will also be honoured.

So too will cancer expert and former Cancer Research UK chief executive Professor Sir Alex Markham and world-renowned criminology expert Professor Pat Carlen.

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