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NUA awards Honorary Doctorates for 2017

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is delighted to announce the recipients of their prestigious Honorary Doctorates for 2017. The four esteemed individuals have been selected in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their respective fields within the creative industries.

Graham Linehan, creator of the much-loved television comedies Father Ted and the IT Crowd, Betty Jackson CBE, internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Sir Peter Bazalgette, TV Producer and Non-Executive Chairman of ITV and Tess Jaray, renowned for her public art installations received their Honorary Doctorate and had their success celebrated at this year’s NUA’s graduation ceremonies (4 & 5 July 2017).

Graham Linehan

Honorary Doctorate Graham Linehan delivery his Graduation speech at Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich based Graham Linehan, is a multi-award-winning writer, director, producer and creator of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed television comedy shows of recent years.

Graham began his career writing for sketch shows including Alias Smith and Jones, The Fast Show and Harry Enfield and Chums before finding his own success as the creator of the much-loved comedy series Father Ted which he co-wrote and produced. The series won a British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy or Series in both 1996 and 1999 and Graham was awarded a prestigious Writer’s Guild of Britain Award in 1996.

Graham’s other successes include the cult comedy classic Black Books and the Channel 4 series The IT Crowd (2006-2013) which he wrote and directed. The show aired for four series and a one off special and in 2014, won him both a British Academy Television Award and a British Academy Television Craft Award.

Always writing, his most recent success, Count Arthur Strong is currently being shown on BBC1.

Betty Jackson CBE

Betty Jackson giving speech on Honorary Doctorate at Norwich University of the Arts

After studying at Birmingham College of Art under Zandra Rhodes, Betty began her career as a film illustrator before joining Wendy Dagworthy as her Design Assistant in 1973.

In 1981, she launched her own label with her husband and was named British Designer of the Year in 1985. In 1988, she was made a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

As well as establishing her own label, she has collaborated with high street giants Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. In 1999, she was named Contemporary Designer of the Year at the London Fashion Awards and in 2007 she was awarded a CBE for her outstanding contribution to British Fashion.

Betty is a trustee of the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum and works with two charities that aim to improve people’s lives through fashion. She is also a member of the NUA selection panel which chooses student work to be shown on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week.

BA (Hons) Fashion Course Leader at NUA, Sue Chowles said: “I am absolutely thrilled to see Betty receive this award for her outstanding contribution to fashion. She is a great supporter of NUA and our students, and is so generous with her time. For students, to receive an informed critique of their work from such a highly regarded professional is extremely inspiring and a valuable experience.”

Tess Jaray RA

Tess Jaray Honorary Doctorate of Norwich University of the Arts giving speech

Tess Jaray RA is a London-based painter and printmaker. She studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art and at the Slade School of Art, where she taught for over 30 years.

Jaray has extensively exhibited her work in solo and group shows including at Jerwood Space, Royal Academy of Arts, Piper Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Her work is featured in many public collections including Arts Council for England, British Museum, Tate, V&A, Walker Gallery, Liverpool, Museum of Fine Art in Budapest, Sundsvalls Museum in Sweden and the Western Australia Art Gallery.

Jaray is also renowned for her public art commissions and her distinctive patterned paving designs can be found in the New British Embassy in Moscow, Birmingham’s Centenary Square and the forecourt of Victoria Station in London.

In 1995, she became an Honorary Fellow of RIBA and in 2010, a Fellow of the Royal Academy. Jaray is a published author and has written many articles for journals and magazines.

Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter Bazalgette giving his speech after receiving his Honorary Doctorate at Norwich University of the Arts

Sir Peter Bazalgette is one of the most influential producers to have worked in the UK independent television sector and became a non-executive Chairman of ITV in 2016. Sir Peter began his career as a News Trainee at the BBC in 1977. After forming his own company Bazal Productions, he became Chairman of Endemol UK in 2005. During his career, Sir Peter has created a number of hugely successful television shows, including Ready Steady Cook, Big Brother and Deal or No Deal, whose formats have been sold to television networks worldwide.

In 2000, he was made a Fellow of the British Academy for Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and in 2010, he became President of the Royal Television Society. He was Chair of the Arts Council England between 2012 and 2016, and Deputy Chair of the Film and Television School between 2002 and 2009. He is also a former non-executive director of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, a published author and writer for the Telegraph Weekend Magazine.

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