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Ulster University announces inspirational honorary graduates

Singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher

DERRY singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher is among 14 people due to receive honorary degrees from Ulster University.

UU will recognise the outstanding contributions of distinguished educators, leaders, sportspeople and humanitarians both locally and globally during upcoming graduation ceremonies.

Gallagher and superbike racing champion Jonathon Rea will join those working across the areas of science, technology, health, arts, education and business.

Director General of BBC, Tony Hall is to be recognised for the promotion of skills, employability and the regeneration of local communities while Professor Alan Livingston is being honoured for his services to higher education.

Co Tyrone native Sarah Friar, named as one of the most influential female technology executives in Silicon Valley is to be honoured for her service to the international technology industry.

For his contribution and influence on Irish traditional music Professor Dermot Diamond is being recognised while Zoe Seaton, artistic director is being honoured for her contribution to the arts with acclaimed pianist and vocal coach Ingrid Surgenor.

Former Dean of Belfast Reverend John Mann, Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin William Morton and businessman Fergal McCormack, are all being recognised for their civic contributions while Professor Ed Marram from Babson College in Massachusetts is being honoured for his academic and technical accomplishments.

And for services to health Mohammed Jalie and Elaine Way, former chief executive of the Western Health and Social Care Trust will be recognised.

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