Professor Sir Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Professor Sir Patrick Stewart is Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield. He is an internationally respected actor known for successfully bridging the gap between the theatrical world of the Shakespearean stage and contemporary film and television.

He is perhaps best known for his role as captain Jean-Luc Picard in the hit series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Most recently, he has reprised his role as Professor Xavier in the sequel to 20th Century Fox's movie, X-Men. Patrick is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), having been made an Associate Artist in 1967. With the RSC, he has played such roles as King John, Shylock, Henry IV, Cassius, Titus Andronicus, Oberon, Leontes, Enobarbus, Touchstone and Launce. In 2006, to great acclaim, he starred in Antony and Cleopatra and the Tempest, and in 2007 in Macbeth, for which he received the Evening Standard Best Actor Award. In 2009 he starred in Waiting for Godot. He was knighted in the 2010 New Year's Honours list.

Within his busy work schedule Patrick takes his involvement with the University extremely seriously, spending as much time as possible with staff and students. He is Professor of Performing Arts at the University and regularly delivers sessions for our drama students.

In addition to his achievements as an actor, Patrick has used his childhood experiences of domestic violence to campaign against domestic violence nationally; he is Patron of Refuge, the national organisation against domestic violence to women and children, and has established the Patrick Stewart PhD Scholarship for the study of domestic violence in the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies.

Baroness Hale

Baronness Hale

The Rt Hon. The Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE QC PC is the most senior female judge in the history of the United Kingdom. She was the first female Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, appointed in 2004, and she is now the only Lady Justice on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is Poet in Residence at the Southbank Centre. He is the author of four poetry collections: Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist (1988); Rebel Without Applause (1992); Morning Breaks in the Elevator (1999) and The Emperor's Watchmaker (2000). He is also the editor of The Fire People: A Collection of Contemporary Black British Poets (1998), and his work has appeared in many anthologies. His stage plays are Chaos By Design, Storm, and Something Dark.

Lemn is also an Associate Artist at Artsadmin. Examples of his television explorations include a six-part jazz series for BBC2, and in 2004 he presented the first National Poetry Slam and The New Brit for the BBC. His work has featured in various short films including the British Film Institute sponsored The Elevator, featuring Gary Lewis. A documentary about Lemn's extraordinary life and search for his father, Internal Flight, was recently broadcast on BBC1.

He has been commissioned to write poems by various bodies including the World Service, and his work has become public art, particularly in Manchester, where his poems appear on buildings and streets. Lemn reads his work around the world and is featured on many albums, most notably Leftism by Leftfield.