Duke to receive university honour

The Duke of Devonshire welcomes the Queen  to Chatsworth
The Duke of Devonshire welcomes the Queen to Chatsworth

The great and the good will be awarded honorary degrees at Sheffield University’s annual graduation ceremonies at this week – including the Duke of Devonshire, owner of the Chatsworth estate.

On Thursday the Duke’s work for a range of charities is to be recognised, including his key role as honorary patron of the Sheffield Institute Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease, which supports key research into the condition at the university.

Also on the honours board is one of the world’s most respected and influential economists, Dr Jim O’Neill.

Dr O’Neill, who will be awarded a Doctor of Letters, will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to his chosen field and personal achievements.

Award-winning journalist and author Paul Mason, who spent 12 years at BBC2’s flagship programme Newsnight first as business editor and then as economics editor, will also be honoured with a Doctor of Letters.

Kathryn Riddle, the first woman to be a pro-chancellor and Chair of the Council of The University of Sheffield before retiring in 2013, will take to the podium, along with film, television and theatre writer Lucy Prebble who wrote West End and Broadway hit play Enron.