Leading names in journalism, film, photography and communication will be recognised at London College of Communication’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 19 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Award-winning foreign correspondent, Alex Crawford; Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; Mark Haworth-Booth, a renowned curator, Honorary Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, and David Sproxton CBE, animator and co-founder of Aardman Animations are among those to be awarded honorary doctorates.
Alex Crawford, is being recognised for her contribution to broadcast journalism. Four times winner of the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award, she is currently Special Correspondent for Sky News. Based in Johannesburg but deployed around the world her recent assignments include covering the Arab Spring uprisings. She received wide praise for her on-the-ground reports of the Battle of Tripoli in 2011, which were broadcast across the globe via a manually operated satellite signal and a camera plugged into a cigarette lighter charger.
Professor Sir Tim is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, a charitable organisation responsible for coordinating international web standards. He is also a senior researcher and holder of the Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory,
Haworth-Booth was keeper of photographs and prints at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, between 1970 and 2004. He curated the exhibitions Photography: An Independent Art (1997); and Things: A Spectrum of Photography, 1850-2001 (2004).
Sproxton, along with Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, created the character of Morph. He is credited as the cinematographer for the BAFTA nominated War Story, as well as the Oscar-winning Creature Comforts, directed by Nick Park.
Other figures honoured by the University of the Arts London this year this year include actor Colin Firth CBE (Honorary Fellowship), fashion designer Stella McCartney (Honorary Fellowship), artist Yinka Shonibare (Honorary Fellowship), and Turner Prize-winning artist Tony Cragg CBE (Honorary Fellowship).