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Neill made an honorary doctor by the University of Bolton

Posted: 17 July 2017

Neill made an honorary doctor by the University of Bolton

Friday was a proud day for Gorton Studio, as Neill was made an honorary doctor by the University of Bolton, in recognition of his outstanding services to the creative industry.

The conferment of the doctorate took place at the university’s graduation ceremony in the grand surroundings of Bolton Town Hall, where all the graduating students received their degrees and diplomas supported by family and friends. Also honoured with an honorary doctorate was photographer and film director Elaine Constantine.

Neill has been a visiting professor at Bolton for the past three years, working with the fantastic team teaching special and visual effects lead by Richard McEvoy Crompton, in the school of creative technologies headed up by Simon Wiggins.

He has found his role at the university exciting and fulfilling since day one and during his speech at Friday’s ceremony he said, “It’s just been a fantastic experience being involved in the university and to receive this is a lovely thing. I have developed a real bond with the place, so I’m very happy indeed…..when you are passionate about something, getting recognition for it is really amazing.”

His passion for teaching his beloved subject is well known, and he also explained in his speech that at Bolton, he’s found a group of similarly passionate, dedicated teachers, so it’s no surprise that he feels so at home there.

As one of the biggest UK employers in film and TV prosthetics and makeup FX, Neill constantly has graduates working for him and it was this that inspired him to get involved in the education sector.

The talent coming out of Bolton’s courses is exciting to see – huge congratulations to all the graduating students, and thank you to the university's governors, to Simon Wiggins, Richard McEvoy Crompton and their team for giving Neill and his family an incredible day on Friday! 

Image source: The Bolton News

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