Doctor of Arts (2018)
Madeleine Wickham is a best-selling novelist who has sold over 40 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, under her pen name Sophie Kinsella.
She worked as a financial journalist while penning her first novel, ‘The Tennis Party’, which she describes as a “life changer”. She sent the manuscript to a couple of agents, hoping to receive some constructive feedback, and ended up being invited to meet with seven publishers who were all keen to sign her up.
Madeleine’s advice to today’s graduates is to hold on to your inspiration when things get tough.
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Kate Adie, OBE, DL
Doctor of Letters (2015)
Kate Adie is a highly respected broadcaster, news reporter and author who has repored on many of the most significant events around the world since the 1960s. She has punctuated the lives of many of us with her reporting of major international events and was the BBC's Chief News Correspondent from 1989 until 2003.
Kate is a prolific author on a range of subjects, including women in World War One and presents From Our Correspondent weekly on Radio 4. She has won multiple awards, including the BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award, and was appointed OBE in 1993.
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Doctor of Arts (2008)
Mark Austin is an internationally respected journalist and broadcaster, best known currently as ITV's leading newscaster.
He started his career in journalism on the Bournemouth Evening Echo and later worked for the BBC.
Mr Austin joined ITN in 1986 and covered many of the major world stories of the past two decades, including both Gulf Wars, the Balkan conflict, the September 11 attacks, the Rwandan genocide, Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami.
He became the face of ITV news in 2006 and won a BAFTA in 2010 for his part in ITV's coverage of the Haiti earthquake.
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Doctor of Letters (2007)
Neal Butterworth was the editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo and its associated papers between 1998 and 2011.
During this time the Echo reached a wider readership while winning prestigious awards for its campaigns on humanitarian issues and its fundraising.
An independently minded editor and columnist, Neal became a leading and influential figure in Bournemouth and the surrounding area, with an acute insight into public life and politics.
Neal passed away in 2013 after a battle with cancer.
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