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July 2015

Michael Wood receives honorary doctorate

(17 July 2015)

Michael Wood who is Chair in Public History was awarded an honorary doctorate in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures degree ceremony. Professor Wood is well known to University students but also to the general public having presented numerous historical television series.

His historical documentaries have been screened in over 100 countries making him one of the world’s most well-known historians. These documentaries have appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and the American channel PBS and have covered topics as diverse as Alexander the Great and the history of India.  As well as this he has also written twelve history books on various topics.

Professor Wood has a long history with the city; he was born in Moss Side and educated in Rusholme, and returned to the city to begin his career in journalism at the BBC in the 1970s. In 2013 he was appointed Chair in Public History, in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, a role which lasts until 2016 after three decades on television.

Michael’s next series will focus on the history of China, and will be on televisions in six months’ time.