"I remember my days at school vividly and with great affection. Bolton School has a great tradition in the liberal arts. I've always acted for the love of it and this first love was inspired at Hopefield, the school theatre."

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University of Bolton Honours Alumni and Friends of Bolton School

Monday, 07 July 2014

Last week, the University of Bolton awarded nineteen high-profile figures with Honorary Doctorates, one for each decade in the history of the university. While some went to famous faces such as Ryan Giggs and Martine McCutcheon, four of the recipients have a strong connection with Bolton School.

Old Boy and AO.com founder John Roberts received an honorary degree.

Old Girl the Rt Hon Baroness Taylor of Bolton was made a Doctor of Social Science for her services to the community.

One of the School’s previous governors, Sue Hodgkiss, was also made a Doctor of Arts in honour of her work which has benefitted the arts and the community.

Gill Richards, former Headmistress of the Girls’ Division, was made a Doctor of Education for her outstanding contribution to education. She said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be getting this honour because it pulls together my Bolton years as head of the School and also being governor of the University, and they were some of the happiest times of my career.”

 Another Old Boy, Sir Ernest Ryder, was officially inducted as the university's new Chancellor in a celebration connected to the granting of the honorary doctorates.

The current Vice-Chancellor of the university is Professor George Holmes, who is also a Governor of Bolton School.

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John Roberts received an honorary doctorate

John Roberts received an honorary doctorate

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Former Girls' Division Headmistress, Gill Richards, in her University of Bolton robes