World-leading figures awarded honorary doctorates
City University London has awarded honorary doctorates to political journalist Nick Robinson, engineer Professor Neville Jackson, Chairman and CEO of The Coca Cola Company Muhtar Kent and His Honour Judge Donald Cryan. The awards were made in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to their respective fields. Each one was presented during City's graduation ceremonies which took place at The Guildhall and Central Hall Westminster in London.
A regular on flagship BBC shows such as Today and the Ten O'Clock News, Nick Robinson has developed a reputation as a tough but fair interrogator with an excellent analytical mind. His award as Doctor of Science honoris causa was made in recognition of his services to journalism.
An innovative journalist of the digital age, he was an early adopter of platforms such as Twitter and in 2001, became one of the first mainstream journalists to write a regular blog about politics. Apart from a brief spell at ITV, Mr Robinson has worked for the BBC since 1986. He was appointed their Political Editor in 2005, a position seen by many as the pinnacle of a political correspondent's career.
Professor Neville Jackson
A leading light in the field of engineering for more than thirty years, Professor Neville Jackson was given the award of Doctor of Science honoris causa in recognition of his research leadership.
Professor Jackson is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Ricardo plc, a leading global multi-industry engineering provider of technology, product innovation and strategic consulting. He is responsible for the future global vision and automotive and energy technology as well as the planning and execution of research and development.
A member of several of committees that contribute to the industry, Professor Jackson has produced over 90 technical papers, keynote presentations and lectures in the US, Europe and the Far East.
After becoming one of the first MBA graduates from City University London's Cass Business School (then City University Business School), Muhtar Kent began a thirty year association with Coca-Cola leading to his appointment as Chairman and Chief Executive in July 2008.
Active in the global business community, Muhtar is co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the Business Roundtable, a past Chairman of the US-China Business Council and Chairman Emeritus of the US ASEAN Business Council.
Mr Kent was given the award of Doctor of Science honoris causa in recognition of his work in the field of international business.
His Honour Judge Donald Cryan
Judge Donald Cryan, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa in recognition of his services to the legal profession. Called to the bar in 1970, he developed a wide ranging practice before choosing to specialise in Family Law.
In 1998, he began his association with City when he became a member of the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform - a research and study centre sponsored by The City Law School. His work there has included campaigning for reforms to the way forced marriage is dealt with in the UK.
At City, Donald has lectured on the professional courses, welcomed undergraduates into his court room and most recently, gave a talk to students on the art of mooting. His commitment to legal education was formalised when he accepted the Chairmanship of The City Law School's Advisory Board in 2009.
Professor Paul Curran, Vice Chancellor of City University London, commented:
"Awards of this kind are given to those individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to their professions. The calibre of this year's recipients demonstrates our commitment to academic excellence as well as our close connection to business and the professions. They join an elite list of individuals who have been conferred with this honour and I look forward to their continuing involvement with the University."