Honorary degree for Belper Olympian Davenport

Olympic Swimmer:  Ross Davenport of Belper pictured at the Jubilee charity event at Matlock Rugby Club.
Olympic Swimmer: Ross Davenport of Belper pictured at the Jubilee charity event at Matlock Rugby Club.

Three-time Olmypian Ross Davenport is among those who will be receiving University of Derby Honorary Degrees next month.

Every year, individuals at the top of their field, and with a close connection to Derbyshire or the university, are chosen to receive Honorary Degrees, on January 17-18.

Honorands will graduate alongside more than 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students completing their courses.

Ross, 28, former member of Belper Marlin Swimming Club, will become an Honorary Master of the University (or HonMUniv). He retired last month from competitive swimming after competing at his third Olympic Games. He also appeared at two Commonwealth Games and other international competitions at the highest level. He has worked with the University of Derby’s Team Derby initiative, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, and in October joined other swimming stars on an epic cycle ride to raise money for Sport In Action.

Professor John Coyne, vice-chancellor of the university, said: “As always, I am delighted with the high standard of Honorary Award recipients that Derby has attracted this year. They are people not only pre-eminent in their chosen field but who have gone beyond that, through their influence or outside community interests, to make a positive impact on the wider world.”

It will be a pleasure to see them graduate alongside our hardworking students.”