Archbishop of Canterbury to be honoured by city’s universities

Justin Welby

The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) will each recognise the Archbishop of Canterbury this summer – the University of Liverpool with an honorary degree and LJMU with an Honorary Fellowship, on Monday, 20 July 2015.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby will be honoured by both universities for his outstanding contribution to society and for speaking out against social injustices, both at home and on an international platform.

The University of Liverpool will award the Archbishop an Honorary Doctor of Laws during its graduation ceremonies at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall before the Archbishop delivers one of LJMU’s Roscoe lectures at St George’s Hall. The lecture will begin with the conferment of an Honorary Fellowship.

Remarkable impact

University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, said: “In his two years as Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby has had a remarkable impact. Under his leadership, the Anglican Communion has been an important voice in the debate on fairness and social justice.

“He speaks for the poor, the disadvantaged and the marginalised in our society in a way that is both wholly contemporary and resonates with the historic mission of faith communities through the ages. We are proud to award him an honorary degree.”

Liverpool John Moores Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, said: “The Archbishop is renowned for supporting people and communities and has spoken out about current issues which he feels are detrimental to society and, in particular, the poorest members of society.

“He has a unique understanding of the world and, as the principal leader of the Church of England, he has aimed to make a positive impact in the UK and worldwide. I am delighted that we will welcome such an inspirational individual to the University Fellowship.”

A full list of the University of Liverpool’s honorary degree recipients will be announced shortly.

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