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Published: 24 April 2017

The University of Surrey awards two honorary doctorates

An Olympic gold medallist and a local health leader have been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Surrey.

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Guildford-born Liam Heath MBE is a British sprint canoeist who won gold in the individual 200m kayak sprint event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He was Britain’s most successful British canoeist at the Olympics, also winning silver in the men's double with Jon Schofield in Rio and bronze at the 2012 London Olympics in the K-2 200 with Schofield.

He previously studied industrial design and technology at Loughborough University, and received an MBE for services to canoeing.

Nick Moberly, who graduated from Cambridge University in 1984, is currently Chief Executive at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and was previously CE of Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) NHS Foundation Trust.

He has been pivotal in shaping Surrey Health Partners, the clinical academic partnership established between the University of Surrey, RSCH and other NHS partners to provide a strong, cross-institutional framework to facilitate closer collaboration between clinicians and academics.

Since 1966, the University has awarded honorary degrees to individuals who have made a significant contribution within their field and to society.

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of University of Surrey, said: “We are delighted to award Honorary Doctorates to these two outstanding people in recognition of their individual achievements in sports and health, respectively.

“Liam Heath and Nick Moberly are stellar additions to our honorary graduates list, who all make us proud and are inspirations for our staff and students to make a difference to society.”

Other honorary doctorates the University of Surrey conferred in recent years include Dr Jonny Wilkinson OBE, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, Dr Elon Musk, Dr John Williams, Professor Lord Robert Winston, Professor Dame Sally Davies, and Dr Neil Chapman.


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