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University Day 2005 // Honorary Graduates

Dr Larsson, I Presume

Lord Hope awards Henrik Larsson with his Doctor of the University.

Footballer Henrik Larsson received an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde.

He was awarded Doctor of the University, at a ceremony in the Barony Hall.

Professor Andrew Hamnett, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said "We are delighted that Henrik Larsson has accepted the honorary degree of Doctor of the University.

"Mr Larsson's tremendous contribution to sport is well-known, however the University believes that his impact on Glasgow and Scotland as a whole went far beyond the football field. His charity work and general demeanour mark him as an ideal role model for our students."

Henrik will be joined by his fellow honorary graduates Malawian poet and academic Professor David Rubadiri, politician Helen Liddell, political historian Dr Peter Hennessy, naval architect Professor Marshall Meek, tax expert John Craig and Lord Bracadale, Lord Commissioner of Justiciary.

Professor Hamnett continued : "University Day is a major event in our calendar and we welcome all of our honorary graduates. Each has excelled in his or her area and we feel they are all outstanding examples to our students of what can be achieved in life."

Honorary Graduates

The Honourable Lord Bracadale, Doctor of Laws

Lord Bracadale was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2003. A graduate of the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde, he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1985 and served as Advocate Depute from 1990 to 1993.

He was standing junior counsel in Scotland to HM Customs and Excise in 1995 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1995. Lord Bracadale is currently Senator of the College of Justice and a Lord Commissioner of Justiciary.

Lord Bracadale was Leading Crown Counsel in the Lockerbie trial and appeal from 1999 to 2002.

Professor David Rubadiri, Doctor of the University

Professor Rubadiri is Vice Chancellor of the University of Malawi which has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the University of Strathclyde. This year will see the launch of the Scotland Malawi Partnership which grew out of the Malawi Millennium Project founded by the two universities, along with Bell College, Hamilton.

After serving as Malawi's first ambassador to the USA and the United Nations, Professor Rubardiri broke with the Banda regime and left the country to return to the academic world. He served as Professor of Education at the University of Botswana until Banda fell from power, whereupon he was reappointed Malawi's ambassador to the United Nations. His is, however, best known in Africa as a poet and his work has been published around the world.

Henrik Larsson, Doctor of the University

Henrik Larsson was born in Helsingborg in Sweden and began his footballing career aged 6 with Hogaborg BK. When he was 15 he was asked to train with the senior team and by 17 was playing full time football in the Swedish third division. In 1992, he moved to Helsingborg, before transferring to Feyenoord in Holland a year later. That year he also won his first cap for Sweden.

Wim Jansen signed Henrik for Celtic in 1997 for £650,000. In seven years at the club he scored 242 goals and made 315 first team appearances. He is the club's third all-time highest goalscorer. In 2003, Sweden nominated Henrik as the greatest Swedish football player of the last 50 years. He played his last game for Celtic in May 2004 before joining Barcelona.

Rt Hon Helen Liddell MP, Doctor of Laws

Helen Liddell was educated at the University of Strathclyde. She worked for the Scottish Trades Union Congress (1971-76), before joining BBC Scotland as their economics correspondent (1976-77). She then became General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party (1977-88) and worked for Daily Record newspaper group (1988-92). She was elected MP for Monklands East in 1994 which was later reformed as Airdrie and Shotts in 1997. Between 1995 and 1997, Liddell was Opposition Spokeswoman on Scotland.

In the Labour government, Helen became first Economic Secretary to the Treasury, then Minister for Education at the Scottish Office, followed by Minister of Transport and Minister at the Department of Trade and Industry. Helen was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland in 2001 until devolution. She is now the future British High Commissioner in Australia.

Professor Marshall Meek, Doctor of Science

Professor Meek is highly respected in the marine industry thanks to his specific contributions to the design of high speed larger container ships at the peak of the UK shipping era. He served his apprentice in the Caledon shipyard in Dundee, before studying for a degree in naval architecture at the University of Glasgow. He worked for the Blue Funnel Line in Liverpool for 25 years, where Professor's Meek's pioneering designs travelled across the globe. He was a visiting professor at Strathclyde for 10 years.

John Craig, Doctor of the University

Between 1965 and 1996, John Craig was a partner of accountancy firm Thomson McLintock & Co (laterally KPMG) where he specialised in taxation and share valuation. Between 1997 and 2004, John was chairman of Mactaggart and Mickel Ltd, a large private family property company.

He has been active in formulating and developing the Post Qualifying Education programme since 1966 and has established some of the most ambitious tax courses outside London, ensuring the quality and training of Scottish accountants. John was a member of the University of Strathclyde Court from 1996 to 2004, and convener of the Audit Committee in 1997.

Dr Peter Hennessy, Doctor of Letters

Dr Hennessy has been associated with the University of Strathclyde's Department of Government since 1983 and since 1989 has been a visiting professor. He is a renowned modern political historian, journalist and commentator.

He was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Contemporary British History in the 80s, filling a longstanding gap between history and political science. He previously worked as a journalist, including a spell on the Times. As an academic he has built a reputation based on his access to key figures in politics and the civil service and his expertise in public records. He is currently curator of a new exhibition on the Cold War at the National Archives at Kew, London.

14 May 2005

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