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Enya honoured for her services to music

Source: Belfast Telegraph (Ireland) (July 10, 2007)
By: Lisa Smyth

The graduations for students at the University of Ulster ended today with final ceremonies for those who studied at the Magee campus.

Students from the faculties of Engineering, Life and Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts received their awards at the Millennium Forum.

In all, over 4,000 students have successfully completed their examinations with the university this year at levels from Certificate and Diploma through to Degree and Doctorate.

They include full and part-time students, as well as those who studied university accredited programmes through many of Northern Ireland's Colleges of Further and Higher Education.

At the morning ceremony, distinguished novelist and critic Martin Amis received the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature (DLitt) in recognition of his services to literature, while at the afternoon conferring, noted musician Enya received the honorary degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) in recognition of her services to music and the creative industries.

Another high-profile person due to collect an award today was Derry City FC's former player and manager Peter Hutton who has graduated in Social Work.

Peter has been a vital cog in the Derry City setup since first signing for The Candystripes in 1991. He has made the most appearances for the club with 559, scoring 55 goals.

Footballing colleague Martin McCann, who is an assistant at the sports centre in Magee and assistant manager at Finn Harps, said: "I grew up with Peter and we played together at Derry City for about five years and I have also crossed swords with him as an opponent when I played for Finn Harps but no one can doubt both his professionalism and commitment on and off the pitch.

"It's a testament to his hard work he has come through this course with flying colours."

Meanwhile, when University of Ulster Drama lecturer Paul Devlin receives his doctorate at the graduation ceremony today he will become the first PhD in Drama graduate from the new School of Creative Arts at Magee.

Paul graduates on the same day as his final year drama students receive their primary degrees.

He is the newest addition to the drama team at Magee, having joined the lecturing staff there in February.

Professor Carole-Anne Upton, chair of Drama at the university, commented: " We are delighted that Paul has joined us at this exciting point in our development.

"His work strengthens our unique position as the leading centre for research in Northern Irish theatre."

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