Cancer charity founder, Marina Dalglish; physicist Professor Dame Athene Donald; and former President of the Royal College of Nursing, Andrea Spyropoulos, have been awarded honorary degrees by the University of Liverpool this week.
Marina Dalglish is the founder of the Marina Dalglish Appeal, which aims to make a difference to cancer care on Merseyside. After her recovery from breast cancer, Marina raised more than £8 million for various appeals, including the Marina Dalglish Centre for Oncology at Aintree University Hospital; the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology at Aintree University Hospital; and the Southport Centre for Oncology.
Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE, FRS is a physicist and former Director of the University of Cambridge’s Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) and a Gender Equality Champion. Her research field focuses on biological physics, including polymers, biopolymers and, most recently, cellular biophysics.
She currently sits on the Scientific Council of the European Research Council and has received a number of awards for her work, including the Mott Medal and Faraday Medal prizes by the Institute of Physics. She was awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for Europe and appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire for Services to Physics in 2010.
Andrea Spyropoulos is a nurse with more than 40 years’ experience in the NHS and private sector. Andrea is a former President of the Royal College of Nursing and is a project manager at Alder Hey, working on the new Hospital in the Park project. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International in the Nurse Leadership category. She is also President of the Liverpool and Greater Knowsley Branch of the RCN.