Musician among 12 distinguished figures to be honoured

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Musician Jools Holland and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse are among 12 distinguished figures to receive honorary degrees from the University of Kent.

Former world karate champion Wayne Otto, playwright and actor Rebecca Lenkiewicz and comedy writer John Lloyd, who boasts Blackadder and Spitting Image among his works, are also being honoured at ceremonies in Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals over the next week.

TV presenter and composer Holland, who lives near Rochester, was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry. He has also carried out extensive work for HIV charities and held concerts to raise money for the maintenance of Rochester Cathedral.

In 2006 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, with duties including greeting Royalty and Heads of State during visits to the county.

Sir Paul Nurse, the current president of the Royal Society, London, is also being honoured.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine in 2001 for his genetics research with two others on protein molecules and their impact on cells.

He has been professor of microbiology at the University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK, and President of Rockefeller University New York. He is currently director and chief executive of the Francis Crick Institute.

Others to be awarded honorary degrees are corporate investment director Valerie Marshall, civil engineer Dr Jean Venables, biochemist Dr Garry Rogerson, clergyman the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, health policy analyst Professor Christopher Ham and lawyer Phil Shiner.

Renowned comedy writer and TV producer John Lloyd, who was born in Dover and educated at the King’s School Canterbury, is also among the recipients.

He was one of the creators of Spitting Image, Not the Nine O’Clock News and Blackadder and was awarded a CBE in 2011.

Archaeologist Brian Philp, who was responsible for the discovery of the Roman Painted House in Dover as well as a number of other important finds in Kent, is also being awarded.

Among his work he has completed over 700 archaeological projects in the county and South East London and also published nearly 140 articles on his work in Kent.

Fellow recipient Wayne Otto OBE is Britain’s most successful karate athlete. He graduated from the University of Kent in 1992 with a BSc in communications engineering.

In 2001 he was awarded an OBE for services to the sport of karate.

Playwright, actor and poet, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who graduated from the University of Kent in 1989 with a BA in literature and film, is also being honoured.

Her play Her Naked Skin was performed at the National Theatre in 2008 and was the first play by a female playwright to be performed in the Olivier Theatre.

As well as stage plays her other work includes plays for radio and television and several film scripts. She is also developing a feature film with award-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski and is writing for Channel Four.

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