5 March 2015 10:28

Two people who have made an outstanding contribution to Lancaster University and the region have been rewarded for their hard work and service.

Professor Jeffrey Richards was, until recently, Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster and taught at the University for more than 40 years. 

Initially a medieval historian, he later established an enviable reputation in nineteenth and twentieth century cultural history, specialising particularly in the theatre and cinema. 

A prolific author, he has succeeded in being simultaneously a respected scholar as well as a high profile public intellectual, having written regular newspaper columns and made frequent radio broadcasts. 

His service to the University community has been extensive and wide-ranging, embracing the Department of History, Furness College and the Ruskin Programme.

Lord Judd of Portsea is a politician, activist and public servant with a long association with the University. 

A former Member of Parliament and Government minister, he went on to serve as Director of Oxfam and of the Voluntary Service Organisation. 

He currently sits in the House of Lords, where he is an acknowledged expert on international affairs, particularly on Eastern Europe and developing countries. 

After making his home in West Cumbria, he became President of the Friends of the Lake District and was also appointed a lay member of Lancaster University's Council. He continues to serve as a member of the University Court.

Both Professor Richards and Lord Judd received their Honorary Fellowships from the new Chancellor, Alan Milburn, immediately after the Installation Ceremony on March 4.

Speaking after the presentation ceremony Mr Milburn said: “Lancaster University has been awarding Honorary Fellowships since 2006 and they are awarded to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the University and/or the local region.

“Both Professor Richards and Lord Judd have made contributions of great distinction and we take great pride in being able to make this award.”