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BBC1 Formula One presenter Jake Humphrey, Olympic Cyclist Emma Pooley and singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis awarded honorary degrees by Norwich's University of East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 15:20 16 May 2012

Jake Humphrey at the Open in Norwich as he has just taken on the role of Ambassador for the Break charity.

Jake Humphrey at the Open in Norwich as he has just taken on the role of Ambassador for the Break charity.

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A Norfolk television sports presenter, Olympic cyclist and singer-songwriter are among the personalities being awarded honorary degrees from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey and Olympic cyclist Emma Pooley, both from Norwich, will be awarded the degrees, which will be presented at this year’s graduation ceremonies from July 17 to 20.

Norwich-born singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis, My Family and Harry Potter star Zoë Wanamaker, award-winning director and producer Brian Eastman and Indian MP Prof Monkompu Swaminathan will also be recognised in this year’s ceremonies.

UEA Registrar and Secretary Brian Summers said: “We present honorary degrees to those who have made a remarkable contribution to the arts, science, sport, and civil society. This July we will bring together 14 highly acclaimed and distinguished individuals who richly deserve this recognition.”

TV presenter Jake Humphrey hosts the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage. After attending Framingham Earl High School and sixth form at the Hewett School, he worked at Anglia TV before getting his big break in children’s television on CBBC.

Jake, who will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law, moved into sports presenting at the BBC, and will be part of the BBC’s Olympic presenting team.

The Canary fan said: “I’m incredibly privileged to receive such an accolade from the University Of East Anglia. I must also admit to feeling rather embarrassed and very lucky to be meeting the rest of the graduates who have all had to study a lot harder than me to achieve their doctorates.”

Olympic cycling hopeful Emma Pooley grew up in Norfolk, attending Norwich High School for Girls and the sixth form at Norwich School, before taking up cycling while studying engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Emma, who will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law, will be hoping to add to her silver medal success from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in London. She said: “It is a great distinction to be accorded an honorary degree and I am very grateful to the UEA for giving me this honour.”

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