Bradford College to grant four honorary awards

A video game artist, a philanthropic wool merchant, a prominent public health scientist and a museum leader are all set to receive honorary awards from Bradford College.

University Centre Bradford College will bestow the prestigious honour on Mohammed Ikram, an award-winning visual effects artist, Sir James Hill, an education advocate and charity supporter, Professor John Wright of the Born in Bradford project health study and Jo Quinton-Tulloch, director of the National Science and Media Museum.

The quartet will receive their awards at graduation ceremonies that will take place at Bradford’s LIFE Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday (November 27, 28). They will join hundreds of students who have completed higher education courses at the college this year.

Bradford College alumnus Mohammed Ikram, better known as Iki Ikram is an acclaimed photographer and award-winning Visual Effects Artist. With over 30 years of experience of working in the video games industry, the vast catalogue of work he has been a part of has received every award in the industry.

Born and educated in Bradford, Iki now works and lives in California but his hometown of Bradford holds a very special place in Iki’s heart and his family are still based in the city.

Sir James Hill, one of Bradford’s most prominent and respected philanthropists, taking over the family wool firm in 1976. In the 1980s he raised money as Warden of Bradford Cathedral to restore the West End Knave. He has held numerous directorships and board positions in many sectors. He was the Chairman of the Dixon’s Group of Academies and Schools, and reorganised the national Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, becoming its first Chairman in 2007. He is Chairman of Bradford Matters a networking group committed to the development of Bradford, Chairman of the Joseph Nutter Foundation which proves assistance to children in need where a parent has died. He was awarded an OBE in 2000 and continues to champion many charities. Sir James continues to be a Deputy Lieutenant until December when he becomes 75, and still trades as a wool merchant in Baildon.

Professor John Wright established the Bradford Institute for Health Research and Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research. After graduating in medicine, he took his first job in Leeds General Infirmary. He has undertaken a number of positions since then, working for the Bradford Royal Infirmary in 1996. In 2005 he became a Director of the Bradford Institute for Health Research, one of the top three centres of research of the area, with conferences highlighting broad issues such as air pollution and obesity genetic research. In 2007 he set up the Born in Bradford cohort study, looking at mothers in pregnancy and following up the lives of over 13 000 families as their children grow up, with a goal to get over 100 000 people involved, to inspire them to research their own health.

For over 25 years he has also developed sustainable public health programmes in Africa, and in 2015 he was awarded the West Africa Medal for his work in the Ebola epidemic.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch has been the driving force behind the reinvention of Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum.

She worked at the Science Museum in Kensington and the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, Cornwall before bringing her experience to Bradford in 2012 when she took up the challenging role as Head of the National Media Museum and later, as director, oversaw the museum relaunched in March 2017 as the National Science and Media Museum.

The award of Honorary Fellow is the highest accolade that the college can bestow on a person. It is given to individuals distinguished by their outstanding contribution to their field, the college or the city of Bradford. Previous recipients include BBC news presenter Harry Gration, screenwriter Kay Mellor and cricket umpire Dickie Bird.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Bradford College, Craig Tupling, said: “All our graduates take with them very special memories of the College and the city of Bradford. The graduation ceremonies are their special day to celebrate their academic achievement and look to the future with great pride.”

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