University honours for gold-winning athlete and air balloon designer

By Jamie Brassington | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

A gold medal-winning Paralympian and an air balloon designer are set to receive honours from Wolverhampton's university.

Paralympian Mickey Bushell is among those set to be honoured

Mickey Bushell, from Telford, won gold in the 100m at London Paralympics in 2012.

He will be recognised with an honorary doctorate of sport for his success in the field of athletics.

Mike Kendrick, from Bridgnorth, formed the Virgin Airship and Balloon Company with Sir Richard Branson in 1988.

Mike Kendrick

Mr Kendrick will be honoured for his pioneering work on the technology of ballooning and his revolutionary approach to business and marketing.

They will receive honour degrees from the University of Wolverhampton alongside 12 other people. The honours are handed out every year.


Vice-chancellor, professor Geoff Layer, said: "The university awards honorary degrees to high-profile figures that make a significant contribution to their field of expertise.


"These figureheads provide inspiration for our students, graduates and staff.

"Each year the University of Wolverhampton is proud to recognise the achievements of various people across a broad range of specialisms, many of whom have local connections with the university.

"We look forward to welcoming our new honorary degree recipients to our graduation ceremonies in September."

Other people who will receive honours include businessman Stewart Towe.


He is the group chairman and managing director of Hadley Industries Holding Ltd, which is based in Smethwick.

Mr Towe will be honoured for services to the region’s enterprise through the commercial and financial development.

He will receive an honorary degree of degree of doctor of business administration.

Meanwhile Joan Blaney will be honoured for her commitment to educating and empowering women through her work with young people and women in the UK and Africa.

Joan, who graduated from Wolverhampton Polytechnic which is now the University, is also an author.

Joan Blaney

And Arten Llazari and Mohammed Mustafa, the founders of the refugee and migrant centre, based in the Black Country and Birmingham, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of social science.

The awards will be presented during the university’s graduation ceremonies which take place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, from September 12 to September 20.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
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