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Honorary Doctorates

Norwich University of the Arts awards honorary doctorates to individuals to recognise excellence and celebrate achievements in the fields of the arts, design and media.


2017 Graham Linehan – Film and Television
Tess Jaray RA – Fine Art and Fine Art Education
Sir Peter Bazalgette – Arts and Media
Betty Jackson CBE RDI – Fashion and Fashion Education
2016 Orla Kiely OBE – Textile Design
Phil Carter – Graphic Design
The Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham James – Arts
Brett Rogers OBE – Photography
2015 Sir Michael Hopkins CBE – Architecture and Architectural Innovation
Sandy Nairne CBE – Museums, Curatorship and Arts Education
Graham Creelman OBE – Television Broadcasting and the development of NUA
2014 Caroline Douglas – Arts
Laura Jordan Bambach – Design
Dr Maria Stukoff – Media
2013 Tim Flach – Photography
Hamish Fulton – Fine Art
Anne Tyrrell MBE – Fashion
2012 David Juda – Arts
Graham Rawle – Design
Adrian Wootton OBE – Film
2011 Professor Roger Ackling – Fine Art
Gordon Beckett – Graphic Design
2010 Stuart Craig OBE – Design
Susan Tuckett – Arts Education
2009 Keith Chapman – Animation
Professor Roger Wilson – Arts Education
2008 Derrick Greaves – Fine Art
Dr John Maddison – Fine Art
2005 Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton – Arts Education
2003 Brian Tattersfield – Graphic Design
2002 Ana Maria Pacheco – Fine Art
2001 Professor Bruce Black – Arts Education
Colin Self – Fine Art

Graduation Ceremony 2016

Watch this film about the Norwich University of the Arts Graduation Ceremonies 2016.

Sir Michael Hopkins CBE

For services to Architecture and Architectural Innovation, 2015

Sir Michael is one of the leading figures in British architecture whose buildings include the Mound Stand at Lords Cricket Ground, Portcullis House at Westminster, the London 2012 Velodrome and the Forum in Norwich. Sir Michael entered into partnership with Norman Foster at Foster Associates before going on to set up a practice with his wife Patricia in 1976 which became one of Britain’s leading proponents of high-tech architecture, making use of new materials and construction techniques to pioneer permanent, energy efficient lightweight fabric structures. Sir Michael was elected to the Royal Academy in 1992 and, in 1994, received with his wife the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal.

Sandy Nairne CBE

For services to Museums, Curatorship and Arts Education, 2015

Sandy Nairne has enjoyed a long and esteemed career in galleries and museums including roles at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Visual Arts Department of the Arts Council. As Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 2002 to 2014 he was responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction of the gallery, its public programme and promoting its work in Britain and abroad. He is also a widely read writer and documentary maker on the arts, his Channel 4 series State of the Art featured artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Antony Gormley and Eric Fischl and was shown in more than 20 countries.

Graham Creelman OBE

For services to Television Broadcasting and the development of NUA, 2015

Graham Creelman is a filmmaker, broadcaster and media executive. An extensive career in broadcast journalism with the BBC and ITV encompassed news and political programming before taking overall charge as Managing Director of Anglia Television from 1996 to 2006, latterly combining this with serving as Director of Regional Programming for the ITV Network. Graham has also worked tirelessly on behalf of the University as Pro Chancellor, a Visiting Professor in Media and, from 2003, serving on the board of governors. He became Chair of Council from 2007 until 2013 during which time he played an instrumental role in the University’s acquisition of taught degree awarding powers and university status.

Often described as one of the key female digital practitioners of her generation, Laura is passionate about championing and encouraging women in design, creatively embracing digital technologies and engaging in design with a conscience.

Professor Hilary Carlisle
Dean of Arts and Design at NUA

Caroline is a leader of international significance in the field of national collections and her work as Head of the Arts Council Collections, where she was responsible for the acquisition for the nation of an extraordinary diversity of works, has set a new standard for heads of collections nationally, and beyond these shores.

Professor Neil Powell
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at NUA

Caroline Douglas

For services to the Arts, 2014

With over 20 years of experience in contemporary art, Caroline Douglas has made a significant impact in documenting the development of contemporary art collection. As the newly appointed Director of the Contemporary Art Society, Caroline works to bring private philanthropy to the support of cherished public collections in a time of significant cuts to arts funding. Prior to that appointment, Caroline served for eight years as head of the Arts Council Collection where she was responsible for securing key acquisitions by important artists, such as Jeremy Deller, Gary Hume, Wolfgang Tillmans and Grayson Perry, developing new partnerships, including with the National Trust and Christie’s, and providing advocacy and support for emerging talent.

Laura Jordan Bambach

For services to Design, 2014

A Creative Partner at digital agency Mr President, Laura Jordan Bambach has worked at a senior level at a number of creative companies including I-D Media London, LBi and Dare. Laura is recognised for her commitment to social responsibility and in 2007 she co-founded SheSays, an organisation that educates, promotes and inspires women to take up digital creative careers. Since 2013 Laura has served as President of D&AD, a non-profit organisation which celebrates the finest work in design and advertising and runs the annual New Blood competition for students.

Dr Maria Stukoff

For services to Media, 2014

In her role as Head of Academic Development at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Dr Maria Stukoff leads the company’s academic development programme PlayStation®First. The programme’s provision of licences for universities and academic groups is unique in the level of access it offers to full PlayStation software and development hardware for teaching purposes. Dr Stukoff’s work in collaboration with games industry agencies has been instrumental in developing skill investment funds and attracting new talent to the industry – she sits on the Computer Games Skills Council at Creative Skillset, represents PlayStation on the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment’s Next Gen industry advisory board and is an active member of the BAFTA Women Advisory Board.

Watch Mustard TV coverage of the NUA Graduation Ceremonies 2013 including an interview with Honorary Doctorate recipient Anne Tyrrell MBE.

Tim Flach

For services to Photography, 2013

Best known for his highly conceptual and innovative portraits of animals, Tim Flach has published three books of his work – Equus, Dogs Gods and More Than Human – and has received numerous awards including Professional Photographer of the Year, Fine Art in the International Photography Awards, a D&AD Silver Pencil and three Gold Cannes Lions. His advertising work has included commissions from the Sunday Times, Cirque du Soleil, Sony, Hermès and the Locarno International Film Festival and his images have twice been featured on Royal Mail stamps. Exhibitions of his work have shown in London, Moscow, Paris, Zurich, Kentucky, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Shanghai and Berlin.

Hamish Fulton

For services to Fine Art, 2013

An artist and photographer whose practice spans five decades, Hamish Fulton is known as the ‘Walking Artist’. His work encompasses sculptures, photo-text pieces and actions which respond to direct physical engagement with the natural landscape, born from a vow he took in 1973 to only make art resulting from the experience of individual walks. He has undertaken more than 300 ‘art walks’ worldwide, including hikes in the Alaskan wilderness, the Beartooth Mountains in Montana and around Mount Kailash in Tibet. Over 150 solo exhibitions of his work have shown in cities including London, Chicago, Paris, Rome, Munich, Vienna, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Valencia and Mexico City.

Hamish Fulton’s work as an artist of great originality and insight is renowned throughout the art world and across the world.

Professor Neil Powell
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at NUA

Anne Tyrrell MBE

For services to Fashion, 2013

NUA alumna Anne Tyrell was the Design Director of John Marks for 25 years, winning the Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 1981, before establishing Anne Tyrrell Design, a London-based fashion and interiors consultancy specialising in the fields of textiles, knitwear and garment design. She designed the current London Underground uniform and other clients have included Nike, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Next Retail, Virgin and The Orient Express. She is Chairman of the British Fashion Council Colleges Council and a Member of its Management Council, a Member of the Skillset Fashion & Textiles Skills Council and a Member of the Texprint Management Council. In 2008 she was awarded the MBE for her contribution to the British Fashion Industry.

If we were ever going to describe anyone as a doyenne of fashion, it would be Anne Tyrrell. It is no coincidence that many of the influential roles in fashion education, including our own Course Leader role, are filled by people who were taught by Anne.

Professor Hilary Carlisle
Dean of Arts and Design at NUA

Adrian Wootton

For services to Film, 2012

Adrian Wootton has served as the Chief Executive of Film London, the body charged with developing and promoting the film and media industries in the capital, since 2003. Under his watch London film-making has risen a massive 30% with Film London in 2011 awarded a national inward investment remit delivered through the British Film Commission to attract and support the production of international feature films in the UK. In 2012 Adrian accepted a Visiting Professorship at NUA where students of Film and Moving Image Production and Animation are benefitting from his input on the direction of their curriculum and hear him lecture regularly on the UK film and television industries.

Graham Rawle

For services to Design, 2012

Graham Rawle is an illustrator best known for his Lost Consonants series, which ran in The Guardian for 15 years. In 2009 he won Book Design of the Year at the British Book Design and Production Awards for his reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz. Graham has lectured at universities around the country and his work has been analysed extensively for academic research purposes.

David Juda

For services to the Arts, 2012

David Juda is a gallerist of international significance. His commercial and curatorial work at the Annely Juda Gallery in London has elevated it to become one of the most celebrated and successful galleries in the world. The gallery has introduced audiences to the work of significant artists such as Hockney, Christo, Caro, Kossoff and Roger Ackling, and is present at all of the world’s major art fairs including Basel, Frieze in London, FIAC in Paris and Art Basel Miami Beach.

Gordon Beckett

For services to Graphic Design, 2011

An alumnus of NUA who was raised in Great Yarmouth, Gordon Beckett has worked for the Sunday Times for 33 years and has held the post of Design Editor since 1988. Gordon has kept up a close relationship with the University returning as a guest lecturer, offering work placements to students and employing alumni, who continue to make a substantial contribution to the output of the Sunday Times each week.

Professor Roger Ackling

For services to Fine Art, 2011

Professor Roger Ackling has had over 100 major solo exhibitions worldwide, including showing extensively in Japan during the 1980s. His sculptural installations explore spiritual and poetic themes and provide insight into the material world. He has maintained a relationship with NUA spanning five decades as a visiting lecturer, Research Fellow and an important member of the University’s governing body.

Stuart Craig OBE

For services to Design, 2010

Norman Stuart Craig was born in Norfolk in 1942. He attended NUA before studying in London at the RCA. Amongst his achievements are 8 Academy Award Nominations, including three wins for ‘Gandhi’, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, ‘The English Patient’, and 12 BAFTA nominations with wins for ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. He has been Production Designer on all the Harry Potter films and has most recently designed Harry Potter World at Universal Orlando at JK Rowling’s request. He has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Art Director’s Guild.

Susan Tuckett

For services to Arts Education, 2010

Susan Tuckett served as Principal between 2001 and 2008 and oversaw the institution’s achievement of University College status in her final year in the post. Susan is a distinguished Textile designer and artist.

Keith Chapman

For services to Animation, 2009

British Animation legend Keith Chapman is the creator of worldwide successes such as Bob The Builder, Roary The Racing Car and Fifi and the Flowertots. An alumnus of NUA, he heads Chapman Entertainment in Altrincham, Cheshire – an award-winning studio specialising in the creation, production and IP management of a string of successful children’s animations which have gone on to achieve international broadcast in 148 countries.

Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton

For services to Arts Education, 2005

Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton trained as an art historian under Professor Peter Lasko at the University of East Anglia and became Assistant Keeper of Art, Norwich Castle Museum, working with Dr Miklos Rajnai on oeuvre catalogues of John Sell Cotman. After PhD research at the Courtauld Institute on Anglo/French interchange 1780-1830, she published ‘A Happy Eye, a history of Norwich School of Art 1830-1982′ in the context of the history of British Art Education. She was a selector for the Arts Council’s British Art Show 1982/4 and in 1992 she was appointed editor of Artscribe International. She was a Member of Goldsmiths’ Council 2000-2006 and was National Director of Visual Arts, Art Council England 1993-2006. Marjorie has been President AICAUK (International Association of Art Critics since 2009 and a Trustee of City and Guilds of London Art School since 2011.

Professor Brian Tattersfield

For services to Graphic Design, 2003

Professor Tattersfield is a graphic designer and founding partner of Minale Tattersfield. After studying under Bob Gill at the Royal College of Art, he entered the advertising business and was soon appointed as Art Director at Young & Rubicam. In 1964 he and Marcello Minale founded Minale, Tattersfield & Partners and quickly built a reputation as one of the most avant-garde design agencies in London. Their first high-profile project was to create Harrods’ visual identity and their client list grew to include the FA Premier League (1992) and the Sydney Olympic Games (1993). By the time Brian retired the company had become a major international agency. He has served as an external examiner with NUA and as a member of the Board of Governors.

Ana Maria Pacheco

For services to Fine Art, 2002

Ana Maria Pacheco is an artist, perhaps best known for her multi-figure sculptures in wood. She studied Sculpture and Music at the University of Goias, then did postgraduate work at the University of Brazil before returning to Goias as a lecturer at the School of Fine Arts and School of Architecture. In 1973 she won a scholarship to Slade School of Fine Art in London. She studied under Reg Butler until 1975, when she was appointed Head of Fine Art at NUA (then Norwich School of Art). By the early 1980s her growing reputation led to exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, the British Museum and the National Gallery. She has also exhibited in Trondheim, New York, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes and the Museu de Arte in Rio de Janeiro. Her most famous works include the sculptures Man and his Sheep and Dark Night of the Soul.

Colin Self

For services to Fine Art, 2001

Colin Self came to prominence with the pop art scene of the 1960s and is now recognised as an important and innovative artist. He attended the Slade School from 1961 to 1963 and at this time, got to know David Hockney and Peter Blake, who began to collect his work. By 1964 he was showing at the cutting edge Robert Fraser Gallery and by 1968 was producing technically groundbreaking prints with Editions Alecto. His engagement with Cold War politics and the nuclear threat gave his work a sinister mood and political edge that was distinct from the mainstream of pop art.

Professor Bruce Black

For services to Arts Education, 2001

Professor Black was appointed as Principal of NUA (then Norwich School of Art and Design) in 1988. He was a key player in the establishment of NUA’s partnership of regional colleges and was awarded a Professorship in Art and Design in 1993. He is a successful exhibiting artist in his own right.