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Honorary doctorate for professor

Kathy Sykes
Professor Sykes has received an Honorary Doctorate of Science

Physicist and broadcaster Professor Kathy Sykes has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Gloucestershire.

Currently Professor of Sciences and Society at Bristol University, she is also co-founder and continuing director of the Cheltenham Science Festival.

She was appointed Professor of Public Engagement of Science and Engineering at Bristol University in November 2002.

Professor Sykes said: "This is a total privilege for me."

'Many achievements'

Vice chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, Professor Patricia Broadfoot, said: "Professor Sykes is a scientist with a passion for communication.

"Among her many achievements, she is a member of the Council For Science and Technology, and chairs the Sciencewise 'government thinktank'.

"We are delighted to be conferring the title of Honorary Fellow upon Professor Sykes, for her contribution in raising the public profile of science, internationally, nationally, and particular in the region."

Professor Sykes received the 2006 Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

"I am so impressed by the vision of the University of Gloucestershire, and it's been fabulous working with the university on events for the Times Cheltenham Science Festival," she said.

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