Professor David Thacker, Professor of Theatre at the University of Bolton and Public Orator for the ceremony said: “Under Pam Tatlow’s leadership million+ has become an influential voice in parliament and in the media, publishing reports on a wide range of issues of importance to universities and students. She is passionate about the opportunities that education can provide and seeks to ensure that politicians of all parties and Government officials understand and appreciate the contribution of modern universities and their graduates to society and the economy.
Receiving the award, Pam Tatlow said: “Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, thank you for this honour and thank you to the brilliant Bolton graduates of 2015 for allowing me to share my day with yours. Bolton University has shaped communities locally and globally through education, research and enterprise for what is now almost two hundred years.
“I salute you, not only for your achievements, but also because I know that as graduates of Bolton University you will keep the idea that education is a right, and not a privilege, alive for future generations.
“However, even today there are people in Britain and in many countries throughout the world who have the talent, but not the opportunity, to study for a degree or a higher education qualification. This is why I believe passionately that education is a right to be argued and campaigned for.”