Honorary graduates


Professor Ray Cowell CBE DL

Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution and commitment to higher education and the development of Nottingham Trent University.   

Professor Ray CowellDuring his 16 years as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ray Cowell steered Nottingham Trent University through an era of dramatic change. Thanks to his vision and determination, the University gained a reputation for innovation, entrepreneurship and quality. He oversaw the institution’s crucial transition to University status as well as a substantial rise in student numbers, a growing research profile and excellent rankings for teaching standards. He combined his distinguished academic leadership with a strong commitment to the local community, reflected in his role as Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.

Having retired from the University in 2003, he received a CBE a year later for his services to higher education. An English literature specialist, he was the Chairman of East Midlands Arts for six years and has remained a passionate supporter of the arts scene. He is on the Board of Opera North, chairs sinfonia ViVa and is a Trustee of the new Nottingham Contemporary gallery. Throughout his earlier education career, Professor Cowell presided over the award of many honorary degrees and the University is delighted to return the compliment.


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