World Cup star to be honoured at Leeds Beckett

Emily Scarratt is due to receive an honorary degree from Leeds Beckett

Emily Scarratt is due to receive an honorary degree from Leeds Beckett

By Emma Kirwan

A Rugby World Cup star is among twelve set to receive honorary degrees from Leeds Beckett University.

Emily Scarratt, who triumphed as part of the victorious England side at the 2014 World Cup, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science from the University where she studied as am undergraduate.  

Speaking ahead of the ceremony she said: “I am extremely honoured to receive such an accolade. Leeds Beckett played a huge part in my own personal and sporting development and so to be recognised by them in this way is a huge privilege. I am very much looking forward to the day and to sharing it with so many others celebrating their success.”

Other awards include multi-award-winning British lyricist Sir Tim Rice who will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts, as will Architect, writer, lecturer and TV presenter George Clarke.

Sir Gary Verity, who brought the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France to Yorkshire and was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration.

Sir Gary from Leeds said: “I am extremely proud of what our city and county have achieved in recent times, and to have played some part in that success has been a privilege. Leeds and Yorkshire are now destinations well and truly on the world map, thanks in part to the Tour de France last year, and the Tour de Yorkshire this year, and I am confident that momentum can continue for many decades to come.”

The graduation ceremonies will take place at the University’s Headingley Campus between Monday 20 and Friday July 24 where the honorary award recipients will join around 5,000 students graduating from Leeds Beckett University this year.

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