The former Director General of MI5, Britain's top prosecutor and an acclaimed historian have been honoured by the University of Leeds.The achievements of a leading philosopher and one of Britains most-acclaimed musical conductors will also be recognised at special ceremonies this year. Honorary doctorates will be conferred upon Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, director general of MI5 between 2002 and 2007; Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions; Sir Ian Kershaw, the academic and historian; and Baroness Onora ONeill, the philosopher and cross-bench member of the House of Lords. The ceremonies will take place on 12 July at the University of Leeds. All of the recipients excel within their specialist fields and are distinguished by outstanding achievements. Sir Ian Kershaw
Sir Ian Kershaw is a British historian of 20th Century Germany whose work has chiefly focused on the Third Reich. Sir Ians critically acclaimed biography of Hitler, along with his research on how ordinary people viewed him, has marked him out as a leading expert in his field. Changing his focus from medieval to German history in 1974, Sir Ian was knighted in 2002 for services to the discipline, as well as being made a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Sir Ian will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.
Further informationPlease contact the University of Leeds press office on 0113 343 4031 or firstname.lastname@example.org The University of Leeds is the UK's eighth biggest research powerhouse according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. It is also one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK and a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. The University's vision is to secure a place among the world's top 50 by 2015. www.leeds.ac.uk Since its foundation, the University of Leeds has conferred honorary awards on a host of individuals from the worlds of science, art, academia, industry, politics, medicine, entertainment - and many other fields. Among those honoured at the University's first honorary degree ceremony in 1904 were poet laureate Alfred Austin and composer Sir Edward Elgar. A full year-by-year list of honorary graduates can be found here: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/30310/honorary_graduates/
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