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University honours 'role models'
Mike Neville
Mike Neville is a regular face on North East TV
Renowned figures in broadcasting, sport, banking and education are to be honoured by Northumbria University.

North broadcaster Mike Neville, motor sport boss Max Mosley, former schools inspector Sir Mike Tomlinson and charity boss Leo Finn will be honoured.

They will all receive Honorary Doctorates of Civil Law at a ceremony at Newcastle City Hall in July.

The university says the honours will help to provide graduates with "outstanding role models".

Mike Neville is a former BBC news anchorman and has been a familiar face on North East television screens for more than 40 years.

He is patron of the Chin Up campaign for an independent children's hospice and supports a regional multiple sclerosis centre. He was awarded an MBE in 1991 for services to broadcasting.

Education reform

Max Mosley is President of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, the world governing body of motor sport.

He is responsible for the Formula One World Championships, the World Rally Championships and over 600 other international motor sport competitions.

Former chief inspector of schools, Sir Mike Tomlinson, chaired the government's working group on education reform for 14-19 year-olds.

He was awarded the CBE in 1997 and was knighted in this years' New Year Honours.

Leo Finn is chairman of the Northern Rock Foundation, an independent organisation that gives grants to help to improve conditions of those disadvantaged in society.

Professor Kel Fidler, vice-chancellor of Northumbria University, said: "We strive to provide our graduates with outstanding role models whom they can look up to as they progress their careers.

"In this select group, I feel we do just that. These are exceptional people who have shone throughout their careers and I am sure that they will provide immense inspiration to our graduating students as they enter the workforce."

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