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Honorary graduates


Peter Harvey

Doctor of Education (2018)

Peter HarveyPeter Harvey

Peter is Chief Executive of Dorset County Council, and Chair of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, his leadership delivered significant improvements to services affecting thousands of people.

He was Chief Executive of Dorset County Council for eight years from 1991; he oversaw further significant changes in local government in the late nineties when many of the county’s powers transferred to new, unitary authorities.

Peter’s message to graduates entering public sector roles today is to be proud of the impact you will make on these vital services.

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Andy Scarrett

Honorary Fellowship (2018)

Policeman Andy ScarrattAndy Scarrett

Andy Scarratt has built a career in community policing, which has included leading a team responsible for Bournemouth’s university campuses.

He leads a team responsible for community policing at BU and the Arts University Bournemouth. Throughout his time in the role, he has advocated a measured approach to law enforcement - recognising that everybody makes mistakes and that student pranks shouldn’t have to blight future careers.

Andy's career began in Kent, gaining recognition when he saved a boy from drowning. His actions won him a Royal Humane Society Award. The experience taught Andy a lasting lesson; that you should always be prepared to change your perceptions of people and situations.

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Trevor Watkins

Doctor of Laws (2018)

Trevor WatkinsTrevor Watkins

Trevor Watkins first came to national prominence when he led a consortium of fans to save a troubled AFC Bournemouth in 1997, and in so doing pioneered the supporters’ ownership model for football clubs.

He served as a director and Chairman of AFC Bournemouth for almost five years, during which time the club opened a new stadium and got to Wembley for the first time in its history.

Trevor acknowledges that his entrepreneurial spirit makes him an atypical lawyer. He believes that with vision, anything is possible, and that businesses - like sports teams - need a blend of skills to be successful.

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Baroness Cox of Queensbury

Doctor of Laws (2011)

Baroness Cox is a highly distinguished human rights campaigner and advocate whose international work has been recognised by numerous awards.

Formerly a nurse and academic, she was created a peer in 1982 and served as a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords for 20 years.

Baroness Cox was founding Chancellor of Bournemouth University from 1992 to 2001.

Clive Stafford Smith

Doctor of Laws (2011)

Clive Stafford Smith is a lawyer and defender of human rights who has worked for many years in the USA on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty, and those detained at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere.

He has also played a leading role in exposing the use of torture and ‘extraordinary rendition’.

He is founder and UK Director of the international charity Reprieve.

The Rt Hon The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Doctor of Laws (2010)

Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury is Master of the Rolls. As President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal and Head of Civil Justice he holds the second most senior office in the judiciary of England and Wales.

Previously he was a Lord of Appeal and, before that, a High Court Judge and then a member of the Court of Appeal.

Lord Neuberger is also a Privy Councillor.