SINGER and songwriter Anthonia Edwards was one of 15 people awarded an honorary degree at the University of West London series of graduation ceremonies at Twickenham Stadium.

UWL awards honorary degrees for significant contributions to a specific field or to society in general.

Anthonia, a former UWL nursing student, was honoured with a Masters in Music. She won The Voice 2022 and recently supported Billy Ocean on a UK tour. 

Another recipient of an honorary degree was audio engineer and UWL advisory board member Malcolm Toft (Doctor of Science) for his achievements in the music industry. That includes engineering tracks for David Bowie, T-Rex, The Beatles and Paul Weller.

Ealing resident and the Chief Financial Officer at Daejan Holdings plc and Freshwater Group, James Southgate (Doctor of Business Administration) was honoured for his commitment to helping students succeed in business.

Professor Peter John, Vice-Chancellor of UWL, said: “Graduation is such a special moment for all our students.

“It is the culmination of their commitment to study, hard work and personal sacrifice over the years and it is a time to reflect on how far they have come and what they have achieved.

“For the first time in the history of university rankings - which spans 40 years – we were given two University of the Year Awards.

“We were rated No.1 for student experience and No.1 for quality of teaching by The Sunday Times Good University Guide.”