Writer and Critic Robert Macfarlane receives Honorary Doctorate

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Award-winning writer, critic and radio broadcaster Robert Macfarlane has been presented with an Honorary Award by the University of Gloucestershire.

The Chair of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for 2013 received his award from the University’s Head of Humanities, Professor Shelley Saguaro, at the University’s second day of Graduation ceremonies at The Centaur, Cheltenham.

Professor Saguaro said: “I am delighted that Robert Macfarlane has accepted this honorary award. I think his writing is a beacon in the field of current literary studies, enhanced as it is by his media-related work.”

Robert MacFarlane with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire (Stephen Marston).

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Mr Macfarlane, now a Honorary Doctor of Letters, is the author of three award-winning books about landscape and imagination: Mountains of the Mind (2003), The Wild Places (2007), and The Old Ways (2012). His books have been published around the world, and have been adapted for television. He has collaborated with artists and musicians on various projects including a ‘jazz opera’ called Untrue Island, and a book called Holloway (2013). He is also known as an essayist, critic and radio broadcaster, and contributes regularly to Granta, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times among other publications

Robert MacFarlane 

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He said: “I’m profoundly honoured to receive a D.Litt. from the University of Gloucestershire. Literature and landscape – my fields of specialism, as a writer, broadcaster and critic – both have long associations with the university, and with the wider county, most notably in the work of Laurie Lee. To be recognised in this manner brings me great happiness – and the energy to keep writing.”

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses. For more information visit

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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