Honorary Degrees for NI Artists

Renowned cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and music producer David Holmes receive top distinctions from Ulster University

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and acclaimed DJ, producer and composer David Holmes have been recognised for their achievements in the arts with doctoral diplomas from Ulster University.

The degrees were awarded through the university's Faculty of Arts as part of a summer graduation ceremony at the Millennium Forum in Derry.

Seamus McGarvey

Armagh-born McGarvey, who has worked on such acclaimed films as Atonement as well as top-grossing releases like The Avengers and Fifty Shades of Grey, received a DFA for his outstanding contribution to filmmaking, contemporary art and cinematography.

Holmes, who hails from Belfast, meanwhile graduated with a DLitt for distinguished services to music. The studio whiz recently won an Ivor Novello award for Troubles-set thriller '71's Best Original Film Score.


Speaking of the overall distinguished list of 15 Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Adair said: 'All of our honorary graduates have in some way changed lives for the better, in the same way that this new generation of over 5000 graduates, now have the ability to improve lives, communities, societies and economies – at home and around the world.

'They have left an indelible mark by ensuring that the lives of others are improved and informed by their skills, and their example.'

Ulster University's summer graduations continue until July 7, with services planned for students of the Belfast, Jordanstown and Coleraine campuses. For full details see the ceremony schedule.