One of the most influential figures in UK television history and a world-renowned physicist are both to receive honorary degrees at the University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) winter graduation ceremonies.
Paisley-born Dorothy Byrne – the former Editor-at-Large of Channel 4 television - and Professor Sheila Rowan will join almost 2,000 students graduating at Paisley Abbey this week.
Students will graduate from the University’s four academic Schools – Business & Creative Industries; Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences; Education & Social Sciences and Health & Life Sciences.
Dorothy Byrne enjoyed a highly successful career in the television industry, and worked as Channel 4’s Head of News and Current Affairs from 2003 until 2020, when she became Editor-at-Large of the channel. She is currently President of Murray Edwards College in Cambridge.
Professor Sheila Rowan is a former Chief Scientific Advisor for the Scottish Government, and was part of a team of scientists involved in the detection of gravitational waves for the first time; widely considered to be one of humanity’s greatest scientific achievements.
The graduation ceremonies mark another milestone, in that they are among the first to be presided over by the University’s new Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor James Miller, who officially took up the role at the start of this month.