University Honours for Inspirational Duo; DOCTORATES FOR RACE RELATIONS CAMPAIGNER AND BUSINESSMAN

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), January 18, 2001 | Go to article overview

University Honours for Inspirational Duo; DOCTORATES FOR RACE RELATIONS CAMPAIGNER AND BUSINESSMAN


Byline: SIMON KUKURUZOVIC

A RACE relations campaigner and a leading businessman have been honoured by the University of Warwick.

One of the country's most respected race relationships campaigners, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, was made an honorary doctorate of law at the university's winter degree ceremony. And the university also awarded Sir John Browne, the group chief executive of oil giant BP Amoco, an honorary doctorate of science.

After the ceremony, Sir John toured the BP Historical Archives housed alongside the university's modern records centre.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted. This is a tremendous university that has continually strived for excellence and has built a terrific reputation for itself and the city."

Sir John joined BP, the British Petroleum Company, in 1966 and has held positions including group treasurer, chief executive of finance international and executive vice president. He was made an executive director in 1991.

He is also a trustee of the British Museum and on the governing body of London Business School.

Lord Parekh, who was named British Asian of the Year in 1991, is a former member of the Commission for Racial Equality and has been a strong supporter of the Coventry-based university for almost three decades.

A professor of political theory at the University of Hull, the 65-year- old has also chaired the national Committee On The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain and recently produced its report. …

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