Honorary grad list announced by university

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HONORARY graduates for 2015 have been announced by the University of Portsmouth.

Karen Blackett is a graduate of the university and is running the largest media agency in the UK, MediaCom.

She was recently named Britain’s most powerful black person by UK Powerlist 2015, beating the likes of Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen and Hollywood star Idris Elba.

Another Portsmouth graduate, Will King, is also receiving an honorary degree.

Will graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1987 and created his own shaving brand, King of Shaves which, in 2015 celebrated its 22nd anniversary, with products stocked by some of the world’s leading retailers in the UK, USA, and many other countries.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a Southsea resident as well as a physicist, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey where he also holds a chair in public engagement in science.

He received the honour due to his outstanding work in promoting public engagement in science, his links with the Portsmouth community, and his presentations at local schools and colleges.

Barrister Helena Kennedy QC has acted in many of the most prominent cases during the last 30 years and was a seminal force in promoting equal opportunities for women at the bar.

She is a former chairwoman of the Human Genetics Commission and the British Council.

Michael Newey is a chartered surveyor with a 28-year career that has seen him rise to global president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

He graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1986, and has 
been chosen for his success in the field.

Stuart Iles was chairman of the board of governors at the university from 2009 until 2014 overseeing the many changes at the university that followed government policy during this period.

He is being honoured in recognition of the time he dedicated to the university.