Honorary Graduate 2022 - Marie Ashby - Doctor of Letters
From Paul Hodgson
Whether producing thought-provoking documentaries for BBC’s Inside Out, grilling MPs on Sunday Politics or fronting ITV and BBC daily news programmes, she has helped to share the human stories behind the headlines. Marie joined BBC Radio Nottingham in 1987 when she covered the general election and secured an infamous interview with Brian Clough in her first week. She quickly moved to television and became known for sensitive and balanced reporting on often difficult subjects as well as showing us the Midlands by helicopter in Sky High.
Over the years she has worked closely with the University of Nottingham and the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Her film about dementia fronted by fellow honorary graduate, Vicky McClure, was a prequel to a BBC series by the Nottingham actress. Her documentary on pressures on pharmacists won her Best Current Affairs Programme at the Royal Television Society Awards.
Marie is passionate about mental health awareness and has also raised thousands of pounds for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis research.
Marie Ashby received the honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters on Friday 16 December 2022.