Honorary graduates


Vivian Anderson MBE - former football player, manager and fundraiser

Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of his significant contribution to sport, inclusion and to the community through his charitable work.

Vivian Anderson
Born in Nottingham, Viv Anderson grew up in Clifton. He was scouted by his home town team, Nottingham Forest, and made his debut when he was 17. He played 400 games for Forest during their Brian Clough glory days, being a key member of the team that won the Football League and the European Cup. Viv then went on to play for Arsenal, Machester United and Sheffield Wednesday – having further success with these teams in the FA Cup and League Cup. He then moved on to management at Barnsley and Middlesborough.

Viv represented England 30 times, making his debut in1978 – when he was the first black player in the England team. He has continued to be a passionate advocate for inclusion in football and is still involved with the FA – a platform through which he continuesto press for support for black and asian players to enable them to get into football management or administration after their playing careers are over.

A generous supporter and patron of various charitable causes, Viv was awarded the MBE in the Millennium Honours list.


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