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Wednesday 9 July 2008 afternoon ceremony
Rik Mayall, born in 1958, is an English comedian and actor. Perhaps best known for his enduring partnership with Adrian Edmondson, Rik was one of the pioneers of the alternative comedy scene that emerged in the early 80s.
He attended Kings School, Worcester and went on to study drama at the University of Manchester. He debuted at The Comedy Store in London in 1980 and his growing popularity led to the character ‘Kevin Turvey’ appearing regularly in the cutting edge series A Kick Up the Eighties.
Other television credits include The Young Ones, Bottom, The New Statesman, Rik Mayall Presents, Blackadder Goes Forth, Filthy Rich and Catflap and, more recently, the title role in the ITV series All About George.
Rik has also had extensive experience in the theatre, playing Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, at The Gielgud Theatre and Khelstakov in The Government Inspector at The National. Sellout tours include Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall & Ben Elton.
Rik has received much acclaim throughout his career, and his awards include ‘Best Comedy Actor’ award at the British Comedy Awards for Rik Mayall Presents. For The New Statesman, he won ‘Best Performer & Narrator’ at the International Film & TV Awards New York, an International Emmy Award and a BAFTA. In addition Rik Mayall Presents was nominated for two Emmy Awards. Bottom won ‘Best New Comedy’ at the Comedy Awards. Jesus Christ Superstar won an Emmy for ‘Best Performing Arts Video’, Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis won Rik ‘Best Actor’ at the San Remo Film Festival, and his voice-over skills for Toad in Wind in the Willows won him an Emmy for the ‘Best Voice Over’ award.
Rik lives in Devon and London with his wife and three children.
A graduate of Cambridge and London in Linguistics and Philology, Professor Sir Martin Harris became Vice- Chancellor of the University of Essex from 1987 to 1992.
He has been a Director of Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) since 1991 and Chairman since 2006.
He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester from 1992 to 2004 and he served as Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (now UUK) from 1997 to 1999. He has chaired a number of national reviews, in particular in the fields of modern languages, careers services and postgraduate education.
Professor Sir Martin Harris is currently Deputy Chairman of the North West Development Agency and Director of the Office for Fair Access. He is also Chairman of Manchester: Knowledge Capital and became Chancellor of Salford University in April 2005.
He chaired the Clinical Standards Advisory Group from 1996 to 1999 and was a Commissioner for Health Improvement from 1999 to 2002. Professor Sir Martin was knighted in the Millennial Honours List. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Essex, Salford, Manchester Metropolitan, Lincoln, Queen’s Belfast, Ulster, UMIST, and Manchester. He was made Hon FRCP and Hon FRSEd in 2006.
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