Dame Jenni Murray and Arthur Smith honoured at University of East Anglia graduation ceremonies

Dame Jenni Murray, left, at the UEA to receive her honorary degree. With her is the chancellor, Rose

Dame Jenni Murray, left, at the UEA to receive her honorary degree. With her is the chancellor, Rose Tremain. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Broadcasters Dame Jenni Murray and Arthur Smith joined hundreds of students picking up degrees from the University of East Anglia.

UEA graduation students in the ceremony. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

UEA graduation students in the ceremony. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The pair, both prominent voices on BBC Radio 4, are among a host of artists, writers and business leaders who are being awarded honorary degrees in a series of ceremonies throughout the week.

Dame Jenni, the presenter of Radio 4's Woman's Hour, who received an honorary doctorate in civil law today, said: 'It's a great honour and it's a very nice thing to put on the wall.'

During the ceremony she offered some words of wisdom to the graduands from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, and said: 'You will always be learning and it is always hard work.'

Comedian and writer Arthur Smith received an honorary doctorate of letters – almost 40 years after graduating from the university with a degree in comparative literature.


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He was joined by his wife and her family for the ceremony. He said: 'I think the university still has the same spirit. There was a kind of wonderful spirit of adventure and optimism among the undergraduates and it still feels like that now. It was a playground of imagination.'

He said he had fond memories of the city from his student days, saying: 'It is a very attractive place, I love the market.'

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Thomas William Bennett, 34, was among hundreds of students also graduating. He had spent a total of six years studying medicine and surgery.

He said, 'I have had a really good time here. After graduating, I will be staying local and working in the gastroenterology department at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.'

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