A world famous record producer and a Liberal Democrat peer have been honoured by the University of Northampton during the summer graduation ceremonies.
Lord Raj Loomba CBE, a philanthropist who set up The Loomba Foundation to help widows across the world, received an Honorary Fellowship at a ceremony at Royal & Derngate on Tuesday.
The University of Northampton’s business school has been helping to measure the social impact of the Loomba Foundation as a means to raise funds for his charity.
Lord Loomba said: “When I found out I was going to be honoured by the University of Northampton, I felt very humbled and I’m grateful to the University for considering me.
“It is important that people know how their money is spent and what impact that will have on society.”
Also receiving an honour from the university on Tuesday was artist, writer and musician Bill Drummond, who was given a Master of Arts.
The co-founder of the pop group The KLF, who famously burnt £1 million, Bill Drummond, accepted his certificate from Vice Chancellor Nick Petford and encouraged students to: “aim high and work hard.”
Mr Drummond enrolled on a Foundation Course at Northampton School of Art, a predecessor institution of the current University of Northampton.
During his speech he said the two years he spent studying in Northampton were the best two years of my education.
Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “In addition to celebrating the outstanding achievements of the graduating class of summer 2014, we are also recognising high profile individuals who have collectively impacted, directly or indirectly, many millions of people worldwide through their acting, music, charitable activities or the social enterprises they run.
“These recipients of honorary awards will, no doubt, motivate our graduates as they go out into the world and transform lives and inspire change amongst all those who come into contact with them.”
For more information about the work of the Loomba Foundation, visit www.theloombafoundation.org