News Release No 00/50

12 September 2000

Honorary degree awarded to Peter Boizot

Mr Peter Boizot MBE - President of Pizza Express plc, and owner and Chairman of Peterborough United Football Club - will receive an honorary degree from Loughborough University on Friday 15 September 2000. The degree - Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) - will be conferred upon Mr Boizot by the University Chancellor, Sir Denis Rooke, at Peterborough Cathedral during the King's School Speech Day Ceremony.

Each year Loughborough University confers honorary degrees upon distinguished persons in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to industry, academia, business, sport, the arts, and modern society. Mr Boizot will be awarded his honorary degree in recognition of his success in business and of his wider contributions to Peterborough.

Peter Boizot was born in Peterborough and attended the King's School. He took an Honours degree in History at St Catherine's College, Cambridge, in 1953, and then began a roving career in Europe, working in Paris, Switzerland and Rome.

In 1965, he opened Britain's first exclusively pizza restaurant in London, and is now President of the multi-million pound company Pizza Express plc. His invention of the Pizza Veneziana, which was introduced into the pizza menu with a surcharge for the 'Venice in Peril Fund', has now contributed over £1 million to the fund. This initiative has been recognised by both the Italian Government, which awarded Mr Boizot the Cavaliere Ufficiale and Al Merito della Republicana Italiana awards, and by Great Britain through the 'Bolla Award' for the Briton considered to have done most for Venice.

With a deep interest in music, particularly jazz, Mr Boizot founded and directed the first Soho Jazz Festival, and his lifelong interest in hockey has resulted in his Presidency of several prestigious hockey clubs. He is also an Honorary Vice-President of the English Hockey Association, and is owner and Chairman of Peterborough United Football Club.

Mr Boizot has also generously provided accommodation for the Learning Resource Centre and Academic Centre for the 'Loughborough University at Peterborough' initiative, which was developed four years ago, in partnership with Peterborough City Council, the Peterborough Chamber, and various employers and employers' organisations in the locality. As part of the initiative, Loughborough University provides opportunities to study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in Peterborough, with seven degree programmes now available.


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Note to editors

1 Media representatives are welcome to attend the presentation, which will take place during the King's School Speech Day in Peterborough Cathedral at 2pm. There will be opportunities for interviews, photography and filming in the Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough (opposite the Railway Station), prior to the conferment of the degree. Please inform the Publicity Office in advance on (01509) 222224 if you wish to attend.

2 Loughborough is an established university, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, and for unrivalled sporting achievement. An average teaching quality score of 22.75 out of 24 places Loughborough first equal with Cambridge in the UK. Industry highlights Loughborough in their top five for graduate recruitment. In Research, more than 70% of staff were assessed in grades 4 and above. The University has been awarded two Queen's Anniversary Prizes, for its collaboration with industries such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce, and for its work in developing countries.



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