THE region’s most senior police chief, a musical conductor and the Bishop of Wakefield are to be honoured by Huddersfield University.
The awards are presented annually to a diverse group of people for their contributions to sport, art, education and industry.
West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, Sir Norman Bettison, will receive the Honorary Doctorate for his pioneering work in neighbourhood policing and as the driving force behind counter violent extremism.
Sir Norman was also awarded the Queens Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2000.
Also to be honoured is organist and conductor Simon Lindley, who has family roots in the Huddersfield area.
He is the organist of Leeds Parish Church and Leeds Town Hall and works with a roster of leading choirs, including the Huddersfield Choral Society.
An honorary doctorate also goes to leading pharmacist Jonathan Mason, who has strong family connections with the Kirklees area.
He has made an international impact with his innovative work in developing pharmacy services that have helped to reduce health inequalities and to improve standards of care.
Also receiving an honorary doctorate is the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, who has been the Bishop of Wakefield – Huddersfield’s diocese – since 2003.
He has also chaired an organisation which organised pilgrimages from Rome to mark important Church anniversaries.
Others to receive honorary doctorates include author Alan Garner, of Cheshire, and arguably the best-known scientist in Britain, Oldham-born Brian Cox.
An emeritus professorship was awarded to Sue Bernhauser who retires this year from her post as Dean of the School of Human and Health Sciences.
A trained nurse, Sue has argued passionately in favour of nursing’s transition to an all-graduate profession.
She is a member of several high-profile advisory committees and was on the Prime Minister’s Commission looking into the future of nursing and midwifery.