Honorary Graduates (2018)

Each year, the University makes a number of honorary awards that recognise outstanding service to the University, to the City of Birmingham and the West Midlands, or to public or professional life nationally and internationally.

Here we take a look at our Honorary Graduates for our January 2018 ceremonies.

Geoff Thomas

Geoff Robert Thomas is a former professional footballer, he was capped nine times by England in the 1990s. In 2003 he was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer, In 2005 he set up a foundation to help other blood cancer patients.

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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

A lawyer, businesswoman, campaigner and cabinet minister, Sayeeda Warsi has had many roles. In 2007 she was elevated to the House of Lords aged 36, making her the youngest peer in Parliament. 

Read more about Baroness Warsi here...

Paul John Birch J.P FCIM MBA

Paul John Birch is Managing Director of Revolver Records, having created the business in 1978. Since then he has released 6000 albums, from artists such as The Stone Roses, Asia and Sister Sledge.

Read more about Paul John Birch here...

Jonnie Turpie MBE

Jonnie has produced and directed public service drama, documentary and digital media over the last 30 years from the West Midlands. Following on from his career as an artist, his touchstone has been collaborative film, television and digital media. Over the past 25 years he has been a Director of Maverick Television, which he founded and has grown into one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. 

Congratulations from the Vice-Chancellor