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Marjon honorary graduates announced

Released: 17.10.18


Plymouth Marjon University is delighted to announce three more honorary graduates ahead of the graduation ceremonies taking place on the 25th and 26th of October.

Acclaimed chef and hotelier Michael Caines, South West travel stalwart Richard Stevens and endurance athlete Bob Brown will be collecting their honorary degrees during the graduation ceremonies taking place next week at Plymouth Guildhall. The University awards honorary degrees to local people who make outstanding contributions to education, culture, enterprise or society.

The trio will join former Royal Marine Commando Mark Ormrod in collecting honorary degrees from the University this year, after Mark collected his award in a ceremony held on the Plymouth campus ahead of his trip to compete at the Invictus Games.

Michael Caines is a name synonymous with fine cuisine in Britain, having famously held two Michelin Stars for 18 consecutive years. Now running the contemporary country house hotel Lympstone Manor, Michael has appeared on the TV screens of the nation on numerous occasions, with appearances on Masterchef and Saturday Kitchen, to name just a few. Michael also spends much of his time supporting charities and worthwhile causes via the Michael Caines Foundation.

Michael will be adding his Master of Business Administration honorary degree to his burgeoning list of honours, including an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.

Richard Stevens is also collecting a Master of Business Administration honorary degree. Richard is currently the Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus, as well as the Chair of the Devon Chamber of Commerce and Director of Destination Plymouth.

Having originally started as a bus driver in 1990, Richard has progressed to become one of the leading figures in the South West’s travel industry. Under this management, Plymouth Citybus won 2017’s Medium Bus Operator of the Year award at routeone’s award ceremony.

Bob Brown is an inspirational endurance athlete, teacher and sports coach. Bob has made national headlines on numerous occasions for his extreme endurance event exploits.

Hailing from Cornwall, Bob’s most well-known accomplishment was becoming the first Briton to win the Trans-USA running race from Los Angeles to New York; a distance that would take seven days to complete… by car. The 3,100-mile race saw Bob go through five pairs of trainers as he ran 50 miles a day for two months.

Bob previously undertook his PGCE training at Marjon and now uses his passion for sport to inspire hundreds of pupils. Bob started the country’s first ever Primary School Triathlon Academy and has coached individuals and teams to Cornwall County titles in eight different sports.

Plymouth Marjon University are holding their graduation ceremonies on the 25th and 26th October at Plymouth Guildhall.


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