Honorary Degree for SDC member Professor James Keaton (MBE)

Liverpool Hope University has awarded Professor James Keaton (MBE) a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) in celebration of his contribution to Liverpool and its universities.

Professor Keaton is a past-President of SDC as well as an Honorary Member and recipient of both Gold and Silver medals.

Professor Keaton, who was educated at St Edwards College, Liverpool, the University of Liverpool, and Harvard University, was awarded the title of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) on January 24th 2017 at Liverpool Hope University’s graduation ceremony at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

The honour recognises Professor Keaton’s wide-ranging contribution to the city of Liverpool, and in particular, his work in building links between the Higher Education sector and major businesses and organisations.

Professor Keaton was a founder member of Liverpool Hope’s Board of Regents, who support the University’s Strategic Development agenda and act as advocates, helping to connect the University to people, networks and organisations.

Professor Keaton has been instrumental in developing Liverpool Hope University’s five-year research partnership with Everton Football Club, announced in October 2016. The University’s research and analysis will support the Club to further develop its knowledge in corporate and performance spheres, technology development and governance. Projects will range from review and assessment of the social projects delivered by the Club’s charity, Everton in the Community, to fan base development and areas relating to commercial growth.

Professor Keaton was also the Vice President and Treasurer at the University of Liverpool, Chairman of the Management School Board, Pro-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool; Trustee at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Chairman of Governors at Upton Hall Grammar School.

Professor Keaton has also held numerous global senior leadership and advisory roles in the chemical, textile and investment management industries and chairman, trustee and consultancy roles with the Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Diocese. He was presented with the Papal Award of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (2009) in recognition of outstanding service to the Diocese of Shrewsbury and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Heritage in the North West. He became a Liveryman of the City of London and accorded the Freedom of the City in 1997.

Professor Keaton said: “We are lucky to live in such a vibrant university city, and I am proud to play a part in advancing the work of our universities, who play a vital economic and social role. The fact that Liverpool has three excellent universities demonstrates that we are a city with a thirst for ideas and innovation and that we know how to make visitors feel welcome – many of whom choose to stay. I am proud to be honoured by Liverpool Hope University, and to share their values – a commitment to educating the whole person for the greater good. I am delighted to accept this honorary degree.”

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope University said: “Professor Keaton has an inspiring vision for the ways in which universities and businesses can work together, and he continues to achieve outstanding results. He has helped create high profile partnerships that benefit all involved and that have a wider impact across the city and the UK. He has not just confined his service to these two sectors; he has been a generous giver of time and expertise to the church, heritage and community sectors. We are extremely grateful to have benefited from his experience. We are excited to formally welcome Professor Keaton as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.”

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