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Sir Mervyn King to receive honorary degree

8 July 2013

Sir Mervyn King, who has just stepped down as Governor of the Bank of England, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Abertay Dundee at its summer graduation this Thursday (July 11).

He will be joined by Scottish rugby legend and BBC commentator Andy Nicol, and Professor Iain Gordon, Chief Executive and Director of the James Hutton Institute.

Sir Mervyn retired from the post of Governor of the Bank of England on 30 June 2013, having served for 10 years. It was announced in the 2013 Birthday Honours that he is to be appointed to a life peerage in recognition of his contributions to public service.

He took over as Governor in 2003, and has since become one of the most influential and important figures in the UK’s political, fiscal and economic spheres. He was also one of the first to spot the signs of the impending economic crisis, highlighting the unsustainability of high UK house prices as early as 2005.  

In a decade-long career, Andy Nicol became the first British player to lift the Heineken Cup as captain of Bath, and also captained the Scotland team from scrum-half on the famous occasion in 2000 when Scotland defeated England 19-13 at a rain-soaked Murrayfield to deny them the Grand Slam. He won 23 caps for Scotland, including seven as captain.

Professor Iain Gordon is one of Scotland’s leading scientists and science managers. Throughout his career, which spans research, research management and provision of policy advice, he has played an active role in promoting the value of biodiversity and its importance in the provision of ecosystem services and human wellbeing.  

Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, said ahead of the ceremony: “I am delighted that Abertay University is conferring honorary degrees on such inspirational leaders.

“All of our Honorary Graduates have excelled in very different walks of life – from leading the UK’s central bank through turbulent economic times, to reaching the heights of international sport and researching crucial global problems of biodiversity and sustainability.

“Abertay University proudly offers practical, industry-focused education, enabling our graduates to take the first steps towards rewarding careers across the arts, business, science and technology, following in the footsteps of our Honorary Graduates.”

Sir Mervyn will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in the morning ceremony. In the afternoon Andy Nicol will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Arts, and Professor Iain Gordon will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science.

The Honorary Graduates will receive their awards as almost 900 degrees are conferred in the ceremonies in Dundee’s Caird Hall.


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