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20 November 2017

WFTV CEO Awarded Honorary Doctorate

WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont, MBE was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Bournemouth University on Tuesday 7 November. She describes the honour as “the cherry on the cake!”

Kate added “I was  really excited to be there and to receive this honorary doctorate – partly because I think the media department in Bournemouth is absolutely brilliant. It’s recognised globally so for me, that’s a terrific honour.”

Kate is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and feels the contact this brings her with academics and their students keeps her in touch with developments in film and media degrees  – and with evolving attitudes towards women in our industry.

“At Bournemouth, for example, I was very struck by the success that women are having at degree level. Of all the special academic prizes awarded by the University, only one was won by a male student. All of the other prizes were won by women. Bournemouth University awards distinctions at post-graduate level and, of course, 1st Class Honours degrees to their outstanding students – and, again, easily the majority of these were being achieved by women. I began to feel quite sorry for the men!

“The challenge now, of course, is to make sure that this level of achievement carries through into the workplace, where women’s careers still lag behind. Watching all these brilliant young women graduate makes me even more determined that they should have a fair shake in the employment market. We’re spending  a lot of time right now looking at how to banish sexual harassment and prejudice from the working environment. And of course, we have to keep that effort going. But the simple fact of having more women at senior levels in our industry would solve that problem very quickly.  And this isn’t some kind of politically correct tokenism. Women deserve to be there.

“All these bright new graduates demonstrate that women have the talent, focus and determination to succeed. We have to ensure they get the opportunity.”