Three new honorary degrees awarded in final week of graduations

The University awarded three honorary degrees during the final week of graduations, in addition to last week’s honorary degree for alumnus Paul Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

These are:

HowardA mobile technology entrepreneur has received an Honorary Doctorate in Technology for his contribution to enterprise and development of innovative technologies.

Howard Simms is co-founder and director of mobile technology group Apadmi, based in Manchester, and CEO of their investment division Apadmi Ventures.

Since launching in 2009, Apadmi have developed award-winning apps for huge brands such as the BBC, NHS, X-Factor and Range Rover with over 35 million people downloading their products.

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A leading educationalist has been awarded a Doctor of Science honorary degree by Manchester Metropolitan University. David Melville web

Professor Sir David Melville is an academic physicist and leader for UK further and higher education, holding several senior roles within universities and the wider sector.

Additionally, Sir David has helped Manchester Metropolitan develop in his former position as University governor, which he held until 2017.

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Joyce.jpgA leading arts fundraiser has been awarded an honorary degree by Manchester Metropolitan University for her contribution to the arts and culture sector and invaluable support of the Manchester International Festival.

Joyce Anita Hytner OBE is the founder and director of Act IV, an arts and charity fundraising consultancy which has supported a breadth of renowned cultural organisations over the last two decades.

She was also a board member of the Manchester International Festival until last year, has sat on the board of a number of theatres, including the Royal Exchange, Criterion, Royal Court and the Old Vic.

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