Middlesex University today awarded an honorary doctorate to Will Hutton, executive vice chair of the Work Foundation.
Alongside his role at the UK’s leading independent authority on work and employment, Will is also in demand as a political and business advisor and as an influential writer and commentator on economic issues.
Hutton, who graduated alongside students from Middlesex University’s Business School, began his career in the city as a stockbroker and investment analyst before moving to the BBC, where he worked both on radio, as a producer and reporter, and on TV as economics correspondent for Newsnight. Prior to joining the Work Foundation, Will spent four years as editor-in-chief of The Observer and still regularly writes for a range of national newspapers.
One of his most notable recent projects was chairing the Public Sector Fair Pay Review, which published its final report in March 2011.
Will Hutton said: “In the decades ahead Britain is going to have rely more than ever on the ingenuity, energy and innovativeness of our young people to drive our economy forward: there are no more easy options like a credit boom or north sea oil. I wish every Middlesex University student graduating this week every best wish and all the luck in the world. We need them to succeed for themselves and for all of us. And I am sure they will.”
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “Will Hutton has made his mark as an author, a journalist, a business leader and on the UK’s political landscape. I know that the hundreds of students from our Business School graduating alongside him will be inspired by his highly impressive and influential career.”
Will Hutton collected his Honorary Doctorate at a ceremony at the University's Hendon Campus (North London) today (18 July).
The award was made during the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.