The University of Ulster will honour the “inspirational achievements” of 13 key personalities from the worlds of sport, the arts, public life, business and education, at its summer graduations.
Roma Downey, the actress and film producer – and an Ulster alumna – will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Art (DFA) for her outstanding contribution to acting and philanthropy.
Frank Cottrell Boyce, the screenwriter and novelist, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) for his outstanding contribution to writing.
Cottrell Boyce was heavily involved in Derry’s year as the first UK city of Culture 2013.
He created the Return of Colmcille pageant last June which was one of the biggest outdoor spectacles staged during the year.
Others to receive awards include Nick Hewer, the business analyst and media commentator. Hewer, who is one of Lord Sugar’s aides on the hit BBC television show, The Apprentice, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc.) for his outstanding contribution to business development.
Lord Justice Brian Kerr will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession.
The other recipients are:-Gary Anderson, the motorsport commentator; Tommy Bowe, the Ulster and Irish international rugby player; Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission; Nicky Kinnaird, the prominent businesswoman and founder of the Space:NK chain; AP McCoy, the champion jockey; Seamus McGarvey, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer; Peter McNaney, Chief Executive, Belfast City Council; Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-Operation Ireland; Margaret Ward, former Director of the Women’s Resource & Development Agency, for her outstanding contribution to advancing women’s equality.