Sunderland AFC’s chief executive sports an honorary doctorate

Margaret Byrne, CEO of Sunderland AFC, has received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) for distinguished services to sport and business. Photo by Nigel McDowell, Ulster University.
Margaret Byrne, CEO of Sunderland AFC, has received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) for distinguished services to sport and business. Photo by Nigel McDowell, Ulster University.
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Margaret Byrne has collected an honorary doctorate from the university which helped her on her way to the top.

Sunderland AFC’s chief executive received an honorary degree from Ulster University this morning.

They have left an indelible mark by ensuring that the lives of others are improved and informed by their skills, and their example.

Professor Alastair Adair

She is a graduate from its business school.

The title, Doctor of Science (DSc), has been awarded to her for distinguished services to sport and business from Ulster University.

Speaking about the award when it was first announced she said: “I am delighted and I feel very honoured. To receive such an accolade from the University of Ulster means a tremendous amount to both me and my family and I am very proud to accept it.”

The presentation of her degree was part of the university’s first of 13 ceremonies, which will celebrate the achievements of over 5000 students and honour

15 inspirational figures from business, the arts, public life and beyond.

Speaking at the Millennium Forum in Derry~Londonderry the university’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alastair Adair said: “At a time of real and significant challenges for Ulster University and for higher education in general across Northern Ireland, I have never been more proud to see the calibre and enthusiasm of our graduates as they enter the next chapter of their lives.

“University is more than a place of study. It is a place of much broader learning where character is formed, confidence is gained and futures begin.

“It is about our graduates understanding the relevance of their studies so that each year, even more can make a positive difference to global societies.

“That is reflected in our honorary graduates for 2015, where the diverse range of recipients have influenced and shaped business, the arts, healthcare, law, sport and public life.

“They have left an indelible mark by ensuring that the lives of others are improved and informed by their skills, and their example.”