Jean Lang, DL
Doctor of Laws (2023)
Following a career in family law, Jean Lang has supported the development of BU as a Board Member since 2016. Jean stepped down from the Board in 2022, having served as Deputy Chair, and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee. She also helped shape the university’s future direction through its 2025 strategic plan.
Jean and her husband, David, founded their own law firm in Blandford in 1981. Alongside her legal work and a part-time role as a Tribunal Judge, Jean has contributed to public life by serving on boards and committees in the health, education and law enforcement sectors. She is currently Chair of Dorset Museum Board, a Director of Dorset Opera and a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.
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The Rt Hon the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, KG, PC
Doctor of Laws (2019)
Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers has led a distinguished legal career which has included serving as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and President of the UK Supreme Court.
As a High Court Judge, Nicholas Phillips presided over cases reported extensively by the media, including the Maxwell pension funds prosecutions and the public inquiry into BSE.
Alongside his legal career, Nicholas has been a strong supporter of education – serving as Chair of Governors at Bryanston School and more recently as BU’s Chancellor. In this role he became an ambassador for the university and is fondly remembered for his inspiring speeches at graduation.
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Honorary Fellowship (2018)
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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Doctor of Laws (2018)
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.
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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.