Former Eastenders star Martine McCutcheon and former Bolton Wanderers star Chris Eagles get honorary degrees from University of Bolton

Martine McCutcheon and Chris Eagles get honorary degrees from University of Bolton

A proud moment for Martine McCutcheon and Chris Eagles

A proud moment for Martine McCutcheon

A proud moment for Chris Eagles

Atlantic rower Mark Brocklehurst

Bookmaker Fred Done

Honorary graduates

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SPORTING success and acting glory were celebrated at the ceremony in which Martine McCutcheon and Chris Eagles took centre stage.

A record number of honorary graduates were awarded to mark the special celebratory year for the University of Bolton, which commemorates 190 years since its origins at Bolton Mechanics’ Institute.

The actress and footballer were two of 19 “outstanding individuals“ honoured with a doctorate celebrating every decade in the university’s history.

Martine was honoured with a doctor of arts for services to entertainment.

The star of Love Actually, said she was excited to receive the award.

She said: “I am extremely honoured. I’m overwhelmed and thrilled to bits.

“First and foremost this is about the students. I think the university has something about it. It is current, it has great ideas, and it does not matter what your background is, you can be what ever you want to be.

“I was in shock for about a week when they told me. I am thrilled to be recognised for my work. I love what I do and that’s the message to students, to do what you love.”

The award honours her achievements in the performing arts, which is a growth industry area where the university has courses.

The university works with The Octagon to allow students to learn about the staging of plays and other aspects of performance.

The honour also came as a surprise to former Bolton Wanderers star Chris Eagles, who was made a doctor of science for services to sport.

Chris admitted he was nervous and honoured to be part of the ceremony.

He said: “I would like to thank the university and everyone involved for giving me this great honour.

"It means a lot to me. I will always remember it. I didn’t believe I had been given it at first, and then I got the phone call. I am very proud.”

Other honorary doctorates included bookmaker Fred Done and the Octagon Theatre’s artistic director David Thacker and his wife Margot Leicester.

Margot said: “It is the greatest possible honour. Education for my parents was more important than money and I wish they were here to see me accept it, but my family are here.”

David added: “It’s a great honour to be here on this very special occasion. We both feel very privileged the university has bestowed this honour on us.”

Atlantic rower Mark Brocklehurst was made an doctor of humanities for service to charity.

He said: “I am really excited. I don’t normally get nervous but am a little in awe of it all.

“I was born and bred in Bolton. This is for all the other rowers. We couldn’t have done it without each other.”

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8:21am Wed 2 Jul 14

Lee3695 says...

If clebrities such as Brian May have actually worked towards a doctorate that is one thing, but the awarding of these 'qualifications' to celebs who have done absolutely nothing at all to earn them makes my blood boil. I along with thousands of other students worked **** hard, completing coursework etc. to then face exams and ultimate scoring to determine if I was to be awarded the qualification in question and at what grade. I had to do this while also balancing it with a part-time job and paying my own course fees (no loans or grants). Freeloading celebs being awarded them as a marketing exercise by the university only devalues the hard work that is really required to gain these qualifications.
If clebrities such as Brian May have actually worked towards a doctorate that is one thing, but the awarding of these 'qualifications' to celebs who have done absolutely nothing at all to earn them makes my blood boil. I along with thousands of other students worked **** hard, completing coursework etc. to then face exams and ultimate scoring to determine if I was to be awarded the qualification in question and at what grade. I had to do this while also balancing it with a part-time job and paying my own course fees (no loans or grants). Freeloading celebs being awarded them as a marketing exercise by the university only devalues the hard work that is really required to gain these qualifications. Lee3695
  • Score: 46

8:32am Wed 2 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

On Morning TV A Top University Lecturer, Claim These Degrees Are Mickey Mouse Degrees, Top Companies Make Them Sit There Own Test For Competence.
On Morning TV A Top University Lecturer, Claim These Degrees Are Mickey Mouse Degrees, Top Companies Make Them Sit There Own Test For Competence. Gore Seer
  • Score: -4

9:50am Wed 2 Jul 14

thomas222 says...

Perhaps the University should be concentrating on improving their UK University league table position. 121 st out of 123 UK University,s is pathetic but we are told its great. No its not and the longer the BN continue to print the BS they spew it will never change.
Perhaps the University should be concentrating on improving their UK University league table position. 121 st out of 123 UK University,s is pathetic but we are told its great. No its not and the longer the BN continue to print the BS they spew it will never change. thomas222
  • Score: 13

10:14am Wed 2 Jul 14

Don Kiddick says...

This is a wind-up?
This is a wind-up? Don Kiddick
  • Score: 14

10:58am Wed 2 Jul 14

melloj says...

Lee3695 wrote:
If clebrities such as Brian May have actually worked towards a doctorate that is one thing, but the awarding of these 'qualifications' to celebs who have done absolutely nothing at all to earn them makes my blood boil. I along with thousands of other students worked **** hard, completing coursework etc. to then face exams and ultimate scoring to determine if I was to be awarded the qualification in question and at what grade. I had to do this while also balancing it with a part-time job and paying my own course fees (no loans or grants). Freeloading celebs being awarded them as a marketing exercise by the university only devalues the hard work that is really required to gain these qualifications.
As did I. But I do see the point in them. Some people know their profession so well, that for them to do a formal degree in it would be pointless. If you've ever heard the ye olde saying; 'Don't teach grandma to suck eggs' put in plain English - don't offer advice to an expert! Although I do think Martine Mcutcheon a strange choice?? A one hit pop wonder in the 90's and a stint on Eastenders. I can't remember much more than that.
[quote][p][bold]Lee3695[/bold] wrote: If clebrities such as Brian May have actually worked towards a doctorate that is one thing, but the awarding of these 'qualifications' to celebs who have done absolutely nothing at all to earn them makes my blood boil. I along with thousands of other students worked **** hard, completing coursework etc. to then face exams and ultimate scoring to determine if I was to be awarded the qualification in question and at what grade. I had to do this while also balancing it with a part-time job and paying my own course fees (no loans or grants). Freeloading celebs being awarded them as a marketing exercise by the university only devalues the hard work that is really required to gain these qualifications.[/p][/quote]As did I. But I do see the point in them. Some people know their profession so well, that for them to do a formal degree in it would be pointless. If you've ever heard the ye olde saying; 'Don't teach grandma to suck eggs' put in plain English - don't offer advice to an expert! Although I do think Martine Mcutcheon a strange choice?? A one hit pop wonder in the 90's and a stint on Eastenders. I can't remember much more than that. melloj
  • Score: -7

11:06am Wed 2 Jul 14

melloj says...

thomas222 wrote:
Perhaps the University should be concentrating on improving their UK University league table position. 121 st out of 123 UK University,s is pathetic but we are told its great. No its not and the longer the BN continue to print the BS they spew it will never change.
The reason Bolton Uni have a **** status is because they literally let ANYBODY attempt a degree. As a result they have a high drop out rate. I should know I went there and was witness to the absolute wasters on my course that has no place in education, naturally all of them fell off the course. until Bolton uni start aking a harder line on it's entrance criterion their ranking isn't going to improve. It IS a good Uni. Like others have said it's courses are industry driven. i know of at least a handful of students who went on to work in the film industry after completing it's special effects course. People bash Bolton uni because they're a 'young Uni' But they've been teaching degrees for 30 years! My dad did a degree there in 1984.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the University should be concentrating on improving their UK University league table position. 121 st out of 123 UK University,s is pathetic but we are told its great. No its not and the longer the BN continue to print the BS they spew it will never change.[/p][/quote]The reason Bolton Uni have a **** status is because they literally let ANYBODY attempt a degree. As a result they have a high drop out rate. I should know I went there and was witness to the absolute wasters on my course that has no place in education, naturally all of them fell off the course. until Bolton uni start aking a harder line on it's entrance criterion their ranking isn't going to improve. It IS a good Uni. Like others have said it's courses are industry driven. i know of at least a handful of students who went on to work in the film industry after completing it's special effects course. People bash Bolton uni because they're a 'young Uni' But they've been teaching degrees for 30 years! My dad did a degree there in 1984. melloj
  • Score: 5

12:19pm Wed 2 Jul 14

MalcM59 says...

Lee3695 wrote:
If clebrities such as Brian May have actually worked towards a doctorate that is one thing, but the awarding of these 'qualifications' to celebs who have done absolutely nothing at all to earn them makes my blood boil. I along with thousands of other students worked **** hard, completing coursework etc. to then face exams and ultimate scoring to determine if I was to be awarded the qualification in question and at what grade. I had to do this while also balancing it with a part-time job and paying my own course fees (no loans or grants). Freeloading celebs being awarded them as a marketing exercise by the university only devalues the hard work that is really required to gain these qualifications.
Hear hear... Like Lee 3695, I too studied long and hard to get a part time degree - At Bolton (BIT as it was then), and got the qualifications that I needed to spend (hopefully) the rest of my working life doing just that - i.e. working for a living.
Precisely what "services to sport" has Mr...oops sorry, Dr Eagles provided, other than being paid a king's ransom to turn out for a a couple of mediocre Premiership sides for a few years, and spending most of last year for being paid the same king's ransom for doing approximately to55 all apart from warm the bench ??
If they have to dish out honorary degrees to journeyman footballers at the back end of their careers, then I can thing of many more deserving candidates...Kevin Davies, Jussi, Ricardo Garner to name but a few recent examples.
[quote][p][bold]Lee3695[/bold] wrote: If clebrities such as Brian May have actually worked towards a doctorate that is one thing, but the awarding of these 'qualifications' to celebs who have done absolutely nothing at all to earn them makes my blood boil. I along with thousands of other students worked **** hard, completing coursework etc. to then face exams and ultimate scoring to determine if I was to be awarded the qualification in question and at what grade. I had to do this while also balancing it with a part-time job and paying my own course fees (no loans or grants). Freeloading celebs being awarded them as a marketing exercise by the university only devalues the hard work that is really required to gain these qualifications.[/p][/quote]Hear hear... Like Lee 3695, I too studied long and hard to get a part time degree - At Bolton (BIT as it was then), and got the qualifications that I needed to spend (hopefully) the rest of my working life doing just that - i.e. working for a living. Precisely what "services to sport" has Mr...oops sorry, Dr Eagles provided, other than being paid a king's ransom to turn out for a a couple of mediocre Premiership sides for a few years, and spending most of last year for being paid the same king's ransom for doing approximately to55 all apart from warm the bench ?? If they have to dish out honorary degrees to journeyman footballers at the back end of their careers, then I can thing of many more deserving candidates...Kevin Davies, Jussi, Ricardo Garner to name but a few recent examples. MalcM59
  • Score: 9

12:50pm Wed 2 Jul 14

BWFC1988 says...

Chris Eagles - services to sport

It doesn't even sound right. I couldn't type the sentence without bursting out laughing.
Chris Eagles - services to sport It doesn't even sound right. I couldn't type the sentence without bursting out laughing. BWFC1988
  • Score: 8

12:53pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Vessel of Clay says...

"Honorary doctorates"... For one it isn't worth the paper it's written on. Secondly, perhaps the University of Bolton should concentrate further on its abilities as a university rather than its PR moves handing D-list celebrities pieces of paper. Leave honorary doctorates and other such things to reputable universities. Concentrate on the students that actually matter first of all.
Cretins.
"Honorary doctorates"... For one it isn't worth the paper it's written on. Secondly, perhaps the University of Bolton should concentrate further on its abilities as a university rather than its PR moves handing D-list celebrities pieces of paper. Leave honorary doctorates and other such things to reputable universities. Concentrate on the students that actually matter first of all. Cretins. Vessel of Clay
  • Score: 4

1:25pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mattaiuseire says...

Actually Chris Eagles received his award for services to being a lazy moaning **** who's wages by far surpass his effort and abilities on a football field.
Actually Chris Eagles received his award for services to being a lazy moaning **** who's wages by far surpass his effort and abilities on a football field. mattaiuseire
  • Score: 10

3:33pm Wed 2 Jul 14

steveG says...

University degrees have become a laughing stock in recent years,they were,once,recognised as a great achievement,and rightly so. Once you start giving them to half the population,first of all you need to make the courses easier than they were and the race to the bottom has begun.Another Labour mistake.
University degrees have become a laughing stock in recent years,they were,once,recognised as a great achievement,and rightly so. Once you start giving them to half the population,first of all you need to make the courses easier than they were and the race to the bottom has begun.Another Labour mistake. steveG
  • Score: 3

4:43pm Wed 2 Jul 14

melloj says...

Vessel of Clay wrote:
"Honorary doctorates"... For one it isn't worth the paper it's written on. Secondly, perhaps the University of Bolton should concentrate further on its abilities as a university rather than its PR moves handing D-list celebrities pieces of paper. Leave honorary doctorates and other such things to reputable universities. Concentrate on the students that actually matter first of all.
Cretins.
read my previous posts because obviously you didn't.
[quote][p][bold]Vessel of Clay[/bold] wrote: "Honorary doctorates"... For one it isn't worth the paper it's written on. Secondly, perhaps the University of Bolton should concentrate further on its abilities as a university rather than its PR moves handing D-list celebrities pieces of paper. Leave honorary doctorates and other such things to reputable universities. Concentrate on the students that actually matter first of all. Cretins.[/p][/quote]read my previous posts because obviously you didn't. melloj
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Lynn57 says...

Degrees take years of study, juggling with jobs for some and a considerable amount of application. Martine McCutcheon? Is this some kind of joke?
Degrees take years of study, juggling with jobs for some and a considerable amount of application. Martine McCutcheon? Is this some kind of joke? Lynn57
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Wed 2 Jul 14

127001 says...

Words fail me.
Words fail me. 127001
  • Score: 4

7:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

macauley says...

chris who?.
chris who?. macauley
  • Score: 1

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