THE retiring vice-chancellor of the University of Portsmouth is set to receive an honorary degree today.
Professor John Craven will receive the award of Doctor of Laws for his leadership of the University over the 16 years of his vice-chancellorship and for his wider contribution to the higher education sector.
Professor Craven also received an honorary degree from the University of Southampton at a graduation ceremony last week.
He was recently awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to higher education and to the community in Portsmouth.
Prof Craven said: ‘I feel very flattered to receive these honours from two universities whose work and ethos I greatly believe in.
‘The universities of Portsmouth and Southampton have a strong working relationship built on healthy competition, mutual respect and research collaboration, that I hope will continue long after I leave.’
Prof Craven will leave the university at the end of the month. He already has several projects lined up for his retirement, including studying philosophy at King’s College London.