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Honorary Doctorate for Luke Johnson

Former Channel Four Chairman Luke Johnson has received an honorary degree from the University of West London. Johnson joined 1,700 graduating students at ceremonies taking place at Wembley Stadium in July.

In a stellar career, Johnson has been chairman of both Channel Four and the Royal Society of Arts. After taking control of Pizza Express in 1993, Johnson grew the business from 12 outlets to more than 150, before selling the brand.

In 1996, he founded Dental Holdings which grew into the UK’s biggest chain of dentists.

UWL conferred honorary degrees on 11 accomplished individuals from fields ranging from education to campaigning, business and entertainment. UWL Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter John said: “It has been a remarkable 12 months for UWL. We have achieved the biggest increase in our ranking of any UK university in three independent league tables, and our success at getting our students into employment is today recognised at national level.

We look forward to the future achievements of our new graduates, and I believe they will also be inspired by the exceptional individuals who we are also recognising today by being awarded with honorary degrees.”