What studying at Hull can do for you…

25228_jpgFormer students of mine have been doing well recently.  BPLS graduate Rosie Corrigan – she was still an undergraduate at the time – became the youngest mayor in the country.  At the general election, BPLS graduate Neil Coyle defeated Simon Hughes to be elected MP for Bermondsey.  After the general election, the splendid Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford, was appointed Sports Minister.   In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Jonathan Pearse, special adviser to the Leader of the Opposition in the Lords, was awarded an  MBE.  In the recent dissolution honours list, BPLS graduate Kevin Shinkwin – a leading figure in the charity sector – received a peerage.  Another BPLS graduate, Ramesh Chhabra – former special advisor to George Osborne – was appointed OBE, as was another politics graduate, Ben Williams, who ran the Liberal Democrats Whips Office in Coalition.  The latest to make the news is Tom Watson (pictured), elected as Labour Party Deputy Leader.

There are not the only former students to achieve success in politics, nor the only students to receive recognition in pursuing good work outside of politics.  Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, for example, holds the OBE.  Another John Fallon, CEO of Pearson, not only did his degree at Hull but was recently given an honorary doctorate by the university.

Watch this space…

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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