Leeds Met award for Hogwarts’ star pupil Neville

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AN ACTOR from the Harry Potter movies has been made an honorary master of the arts by Leeds Metropolitan University.

Yorkshire-born Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the eight hit films, is among 10 people being honoured by the university during its week long graduation ceremony.

The 23-year-old film star, who was born in Horsforth and attended St Mary’s Catholic School in Menston, was presented with the award yesterday.

England’s rugby union coach and former coaching director of Leeds Carnegie Stuart Lancaster was presented with an honorary doctorate in sport on Monday.

Leeds Met has strong links with Leeds Carnegie having developed a pavilion which is used by both the club and the university at the Headingley ground.

Until 2009 the university held a controlling interest in the club.

Today the designer behind the Red or Dead label and the man who designed the London 2012 Olympic torch will be honoured.

Wayne Hemingway and Edward Barber will both receive honorary doctorates in the arts.

The university is also awarding an honorary doctorate in business administration to Colin Harrop an associate director of real estate company, Jones Lang Le Salle and an honorary fellowship to Pam Warhurst, the chairman of IET, a local food initiative, today.

On Friday businessman and Huddersfield Town football club chairman Dean Hoyle will receive an honorary doctorate in business administration “for his significant contribution to the business community and his commitment to fundraising and charitable pursuits”.

Mr Hoyle, who was born in Wakefield, established the Card Factory in 1997 which went on to become a business consisting of more than 500 shops nationwide, employing over 5,000 staff.

In 2010, he sold the business to became the sole owner of Huddersfield Town football club.

Last season his squad were promoted to the Championship following a playoff final victory over Sheffield United.

Mr Hoyle combines his boardroom duties with a series of fund raising activities.

In the 2009/2010 season Huddersfield Town raised over £125,000 for the “Keep It Up” campaign, a pioneering fund raising scheme created by the club and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to support the service.

The university is also awarding an honorary doctorate to Dr Mumtaz Khan Akbar the founder and owner of the Mumtaz Food Group based in Bradford.