Pete Cresswell, a former student who was expelled for his part in a protest, is receiving an honorary degree from the University of Liverpool today. Jean-Luc Coucoult and Professor Phil Scraton will also receive honorary degrees.
Pete Cresswell came to Liverpool in 1967 to study Political Theory at the University. In 1970, he was part of a student protest against the then Chancellor, Lord Salisbury, and the University’s investments in South Africa, culminating in a two-week occupation of the Senate House, the University’s administration building.
Pete was expelled for his part in this protest and nine other students – including Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow – were suspended. After his expulsion, Pete stayed in Liverpool and qualified as a social worker, holding a variety of posts with Liverpool City Council and in independent roles until his retirement from the Care Quality Commission in 2011.
Pete Cresswell will receive an Honorary Degree of Batchelor of Arts. The ceremony is taking place at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 8 December, 3pm.
Jean-Luc Coucoult is Director of Royal De Luxe, a French mechanical puppeteer street theatre company who brought the unique Giant Spectacular to Liverpool in 2012 and 2014. He was born in Paris in 1955 and became interested in theatre during his teens. In 1979 he formed the creative partnership with Didier Gallot-Lavallée and Véronique Loève that became Royal De Luxe.
Jean-Luc Coucoult will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. The ceremony is taking place at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 8 December, 10.30am.
Professor Phil Scraton
Phil Scraton is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. He was a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel between 2010 and 2012 and primary author of Hillsborough: The Report of the Independent Panel (2012). In September 2016, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for his work on Hillsborough, and other contributions to research in the city.
Professor Phil Scraton will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws. The ceremony is taking place at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 8 December, 3pm.